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A mesmerizing debut novel about a young woman, haunted by loss, who rediscovers passion and possibility when she’s drawn into the tangled lives of her neighbors

Five years after her young husband’s death, Celia Cassill has moved from one Brooklyn neighborhood to another, but she has not moved on. The owner of a small apartment building, she has chosen her tenants for their ability to respect one another’s privacy. Celia believes in boundaries, solitude, that she has a right to her ghosts. She is determined to live a life removed from the chaos and competition of modern life. Everything changes with the arrival of a new tenant, Hope, a dazzling woman of a certain age on the run from her husband’s recent betrayal. When Hope begins a torrid and noisy affair, and another tenant mysteriously disappears, the carefully constructed walls of Celia’s world are tested and the sanctity of her building is shattered—through violence and sex, by turns tender and dark. Ultimately, Celia and her tenants are forced to abandon their separate spaces for a far more intimate one, leading to a surprising conclusion and the promise of genuine joy.

Amy Grace Loyd investigates interior spaces of the body and the New York warrens in which her characters live, offering a startling emotional honesty about the traffic between men and women. The Affairs of Others is a story about the irrepressibility of life and desire, no matter the sorrows or obstacles.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderful novel, beautifully written and sensuous, rich with emotion and psychological truth. Amy Grace Loyd’s prose hums with desire as she creates a Brooklyn walk-up that comes alive with the yearning of its tenants and moves them toward an unforgettable ending—suspenseful, erotic, and ultimately hopeful.”

    Jess Walter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins

  • “Debut novels don’t come any more sure-handed and deftly written than The Affairs of Others. But it’s the damaged, brokenhearted Celia—Amy Grace Loyd’s brave, all-in protagonist—who latches on to us and refuses to loosen her grip.”

    Richard Russo, New York Times bestselling author of Empire Falls

  • “Amy Grace Loyd has written an uncommonly accomplished first novel. Beautifully written, suspenseful, and often disturbing.”

    Jennifer Haigh, New York Times bestselling author

  • “For first-time novelist Amy Grace Loyd, an apartment building is not simply housing. It is also a metaphor for the paradoxical isolation and proximity we feel among others…With forceful, sensual prose, Loyd allows Celia to discover that ‘life had as many gains as losses as long as we were willing to tally them.’”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[A] mesmerizing debut…beautifully, even feverishly described. As Celia discovers, the magnetic pull of other people’s everyday experiences proves impossible to resist.”

    Entertainment Weekly (A-)

  • “From start to finish, Loyd’s prose flows exquisitely through the story, as she limns the depths of the protagonist’s mind, the complexity of human intimacy, and the idiosyncrasies of each new character with the grace of a seasoned novelist.” 

    Vanity Fair 

  • “Loyd is acute and unsparing in her portrayal of Celia’s grief over the loss of her husband. Though the chapters are short and the radius of action is small, Affairs still feels substantial. Celia moves almost ghostlike through her own apartment, her building, the streets of Brooklyn, and the reaches of her mind, with the reader being just as absorbed in her thoughts as she is.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune 

  • “It is hard to read through Loyd’s novel without stopping to digest her lovely prose. Nearly every sentence has layers of meaning…Loyd’s words read like the best kind of poetry. There are lines that leave you thinking about larger truths.”

    New York Daily News

  • “A riveting, raw debut…Loyd brilliantly keeps us holding our breath as Celia’s barriers disintegrate, her rules fall away, and the shield she holds so tightly over her heart slowly lowers…Stunningly rendered, acutely emotional.”


  • “Loyd’s burnished, spare sentences conceal hidden volumes of emotion, and in its different moods the book may put readers in mind of Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland or of a more hopeful version of Claire Messud’s recent The Woman Upstairs.”

    The Millions, “Most Anticipated Books of 2013”

  • “An intimate portrayal of the walls erected by a woman after her husband’s death and how impulsive encounters with others break them down…Loyd’s character study is narrow in scope but long on intensity and emotion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Loyd’s writing is rich and elegant, with elements of allusion and allegory and beguiling characters to draw readers in. Dark and sensual, with just a touch of suspense, this first novel offers a heartwrenchingly honest story about grief while still allowing for a glimmer of hope.”


  • “Hypnotic, beautiful, and dangerously erotic, this book trembles with feeling, every sentence a breath, every sentence a seismographic wonder of observation. Scuba diving once, I watched minute sea grass oscillate with the motion of the sea, and this is how I think of the narrator of this magnificent novel—she sways with every movement of the world, both interior and exterior, registering it all, and always you wonder, with an aching heart, what will become of her.”

    Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!

  • “Rich and fresh…The writing is just so wonderfully good: What other authors labor over, Loyd seems to just toss off. Throughout there are sentences to linger over, or for me to grin at with envy. Loyd has written a Rear Window story of a confined society described with Hitchcockian, voyeuristic detail.”

    Ron Hansen, author of Mariette in Ecstasy

  • The Affairs of Others is a deft, cinematic take on privacy and trespass. Look forward to watching it soar.”

    Eric Lundgren, author of The Facades

  • A 2014 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for LGBT Debut Fiction
  • Selected for the September 2013 Indie Next List
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