I Need Something to Read
Going somewhere far-flung and fabulous? Staycationing by the pool? Hiding from your family? It doesn't matter - any way, you need a book to read.
A Valediction is that book. Here's why.
be in two places at once
Reading solves the problem of not being able to be in two places at once, and when you read A Valediction, one of the places you'll be is Italy. It really could be worse.
you've read everything - but you haven't read this
George RR Martin is still working on book six; Diana Gabaldon is still writing book 9; The Goldfinch was great, but it's over now. You've gone through the recommendations your friends and the most known critics have provided. Give this unknown a shot, and say you were one of A Valediction's earliest readers.
savor good writing
Here's what Publishers Weekly had to say: "Friedman’s bittersweet novel eloquently explores the complexities of relationships and human desire ... Friedman’s strong writing makes this a novel worth reading. The story gracefully moves between descriptions of the beauty and people of Florence, the wonders of fine foods, and the uncertainty and pain of heartbreak."