"Friedman’s bittersweet novel eloquently explores the complexities of relationships and human desire." - Publishers Weekly
what is a valediction about?
Uneasy about impending adulthood, July can’t figure out where she wants her life to go. When romance ignites with Toby, a middle-aged man shell-shocked by the dissolution of his family, July clings to the idea that a future with Toby might save her from the decisions of what comes post-university.
To celebrate, Toby takes July on a winter trip to Florence, Italy, where the vacation romance devolves into ruminations on disappointment, failure, and the future. The appearance of enigmatic, charming Massimo sparks the joy of serendipity for July, but mires her further in her doubts, while the breakneck remarriage of Toby’s ex-wife sends him into a tailspin.
A wry, often humorous novel about loss, discovery, and family, A Valediction examines the way we delude ourselves – and the reckoning that results.