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Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey.

Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1998, into a world on the brink of the new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and keen to shrug off the socialist politics of her childhood, Eva breaks away to work at a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who’s pined for Eva for years, stays on to do a physics PhD, and siblings Sylvie and Lucien pursue more freewheeling existences—she as an aspiring artist and he as a club promoter and professional partier. But as their dizzying twenties become their thirties, the once close-knit friends, now scattered and struggling to navigate thwarted dreams, lost jobs and broken hearts, find themselves drawn together once again in stunning and unexpected ways. Breathtaking in scope, this is sure to be the book of the summer.

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  • A testament to the power of friendship and love, this is a beautiful coming-of-age story about the intimacy of long-term relationships against the changing landscape of time. Elizabeth Kiefer, Refinery 29
  • Easy yet not insubstantial, this debut is a sweet toast to enduring friendship. Meredith Turits, ELLE
  • Like life, this breezy, charming novel about four college friends deepens and darkens as it moves through the years, presenting its characters with challenges and choices that test them in ways their younger selves couldn't imagine. INVINCIBLE SUMMER is the story of what happens when things get real. Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Leftovers
  • A sophisticated yet fun novel about four friends venturing into adulthood. Alice Adams does a magnificent job of describing the way life's heartbreaks and ecstasies unfold over the course of 20 years. Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Rumor
  • INVINCIBLE SUMMER goes down as smoothly as the steady flow of wine knocked back by its disarming characters as they make their way not only into adulthood but through the last two decades of financial boom and bust, London's rave scene, and the Higgs boson particle. Be forewarned, though: It packs a punch. Alice Adams has important things to say about our times and the meaning of family. Anne Korkeakivi, author of An Unexpected Guest
  • INVINCIBLE SUMMER is a novel that will have you running for the phone to call your old friends and reconnect. Alice Adams is a beautiful storyteller. She deftly weaves the ties that bind four friends over the course of their youth and into middle age with powerful threads of emotion. I loved the world of this book, and how Ms. Adams wrote the passing of time through her characters with delicacy and truth. Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of All the Stars in the Heavens
  • Adams movingly depicts the tough steps we take into adulthood. Good Housekeeping
  • Dreamy Pisceans will delight in Adams' novel. Cosmopolitan
  • Adams does an incredible job [of] conveying life's ups and downs with both humor and compassion, [and] shows herself to be especially skilled at crafting charming, empathetic (albeit troubled) characters you can't help but cheer on. Sadie L. Trombetta, Bustle
  • [Adams'] characters are nearly impossible not to root for, and she captures their often troubled dynamics with tremendous empathy and charming wit.... Breezy with substance; an absorbing summer read. Kirkus Reviews
  • “[Adams’] characters are nearly impossible not to root for…Breezy with substance; an absorbing summer read.”

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  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About
  • A HelloGiggles Pick of New Books You Need to Read This Summer
  • A Refinery29 Pick of Books Perfect for Your Summer Vacation
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick for Summer Reading, 2016
  • A Good Housekeeping Pick of 2016 Summer Reads
  • A Parade Magazine Pick of 10 of the Best Beach Reads to Indulge in This Summer
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