Genre: Contemporary Adult Fiction
Length: 352 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 3 minutes
First Published: 2019
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Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own … shell.
The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.
When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?
Nina considers her options.
1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)
It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.
About Abbi Waxman
Abbi Waxman is the author of three novels: The Garden of Small Beginnings, Other People’s Houses and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. Before becoming an author, Waxman was a copywriter and then creative director for various advertising companies in London and New York. Born in England, Waxman currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three kids. Visit the author’s website →