I Could Live Here Forever
by Hanna Halperin
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Pub Date 11 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 17 Jun 2023
PENGUIN GROUP Viking, Viking
“Halperin’s radiant second novel walks the fine line between the longing for couplehood and the torture of codependency. . . . Let the rapturous intimacy and gut-churning ups and downs begin!” —Leigh Haber, The New York Times Book Review
By the award-winning author of Something Wild, a gripping portrait of a tumultuous, consuming relationship between a young woman and a recovering addict
When Leah Kempler meets Charlie Nelson in line at the grocery store, their attraction is immediate and intense. Charlie, with his big feelings and grand proclamations of love, captivates her completely. But there are peculiarities of his life—he’s older than her but lives with his parents; he meets up with a friend at odd hours of the night; he sleeps a lot and always seems to be coming down with something. He confesses that he’s a recovering heroin addict, but he promises Leah that he’s never going to use again.
Leah's friends and family are concerned. As she finds herself getting deeper into an isolated relationship, one of manipulation and denial, the truth about Charlie feels as blurry as their time together. Even when Charlie’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, when he starts to make Leah feel unsafe, she can’t help but feel that what exists between them is destined. Charlie is wide open, boyish, and unbearably handsome. The bounds of Leah’s own pain—and love—are so deep that she can’t see him spiraling into self-destruction.
Hanna Halperin writes with aching vulnerability and intimacy, sharply attuned to Leah’s desire for an all-consuming, compulsive connection. I Could Live Here Forever exposes the chasm between perception and truth to tell an intoxicating story of one woman’s relationship with an addict, the accompanying swirl of compassion and codependence, and her enduring search for love and wholeness.
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Hanna Halperin is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She SEES people so well. She understands family dynamics and how people can be cruelest to those they love. I never have to worry about her dialogue not ringing true or conversations feeling disingenuous.
No matter how much I love a book, there is always time when I want it to end. When I want to pick up the next read from my TBR pile. This is the first book I've read in a long time that I deliberately kept putting down so I wouldn't finish it so fast. Sometimes it was just to let the feelings dissipate, as a stray phrase had the tendency to punch me right in the stomach. Thankfully, Halperin gives the reader frequent paragraph and page breaks, which made me happily anxious to keep reading instead of waiting for the next logical stopping point.
I can't wait for more.