The Ramblers is a novel set in New York that explores the lives of three thirty-somethings that are struggling with growing up.
I missed this book when it was released in 2015 and has just now been released in paperback. Liberty and Rebecca featured it this past week on their podcast, All the Books, as I was reading it myself and loving it.
Clio is living with her best friend Smith, involved with an older man, Henry, and unable to decide if she is ready (or ever will be) to settle down with him. She's hiding a lot of baggage from Henry about her childhood and can't decide if she can move on from her past.
Smith has been dumped by the love of her life, and is still working at getting back on her feet from the breakup. To make things worse, her younger sister's wedding is fast approaching and Smith is finding it hard to accept that her younger sister will be married before she is.
Tate runs into Smith at a college reunion. He, too, is suffering from a broken heart. His wife has left him and the two are divorcing. Despite the fact that he's not totally over Olivia, he is interested in Smith and having more than just a fling with her.
These three take turns having their story told, and their lives intersect at a pivotal time for each of them.
I loved the New York setting, the way these characters felt real, and how the story was developed. Liberty and Rebecca compared this novel to The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney and The Vacationers by Emma Straub. Having loved both of those novels I was excited to see these comparisons. Having now read this novel, I concur with comparing The Ramblers to those books.
This was a perfect book to curl up with this past weekend.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours with providing a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
Purchase information available at Harper Collins and Amazon.