“Effortlessly meshing the dreamlike and the realistic, Day’s well-crafted mix of literary and speculative fiction is an enthralling meditation on the interconnectedness of all things.”
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (*starred review*)
In the mountain haven of Clearing, Oregon, four neighbors find their lives upended when they begin to see themselves in a parallel reality.
Ginny, a devoted surgeon whose work often takes precedence over her family, has a baffling vision of her beautiful coworker in her bed, and begins to doubt the solidity of her marriage. Ginny's husband Mark, a wildlife scientist, sees a vision that suggests impending devastation--and grows increasingly paranoid, threatening the safety of his wife and son. Samara, a young woman desperately mourning the recent death of her mother and questioning why her father seems to be handling it with such ease, witnesses an apparition of her mom healthy and vibrant, and wonders about the secrets her parents may have kept from her. Cass, a brilliant scholar struggling with the demands of new motherhood, catches a glimpse of herself pregnant again, just as she's on the brink of returning to the project that could define her career.
At first the visions are relatively benign, but they grow increasingly troubling--and in some cases, frightening. When a natural disaster threatens them all, it becomes clear that the visions were not what they first seemed, and that the town of Clearing will never be the same.
Startling, deeply imagined, and compulsively readable, Kate Hope Day's debut novel is about the choices we make that shape our lives and determine our destinies--the moments that alter us so profoundly that it feels as if we've entered another reality.
Kate Hope Day
holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an associate producer at HBO. She lives in Oregon with her husband and their two children. If, Then is her first novel.
“There are hinge points in time when life could be one thing, or another.” Read Kate Hope Day’s essay in the New York Times.
In her interview with 1859 Oregon’s Magazine she talks about If, Then, Oregon, and her writing process.
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