Housemates

A Novel

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Pub Date May 28 2024 | Archive Date Jul 28 2024

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Description

Two young housemates embark on a road trip to discover themselves in this sparkling novel of love, friendship, and chosen family in a fractured America, by the award-winning author of The Third Rainbow Girl

“A wise, beautiful, and gorgeously gay exploration of America, art, and the rugged, vast country that is love itself.”—Sarah Thankam Mathews, author of All This Could Be Different

A Most Anticipated Book of 2024: Lit Hub, Debutiful, LGBTQ Reads, The Rumpus, Lilith, Hey Alma, Them

What does it feel like, standing in the moments that will mark your life?

When Bernie replies to Leah’s ad for a new housemate in Philadelphia, the two begin an intense and defiantly uncategorizable friendship based on a mutual belief in their art, and one another. Both aspire to capture the world around them: Leah through her writing; Bernie through her photography.

After Bernie’s former photography professor, the renowned yet tarnished Daniel Dunn, dies and leaves her a complicated inheritance, Leah volunteers to accompany Bernie to his home in rural Pennsylvania, turning the jaunt into a road trip with an ambitious mission: to document America through words and photographs.

What ensues is a journey into the heart of the nation, bringing the housemates into conversation with people from all walks of life—“the absurd dreamers and failures of this wide, wide country”— as they try to make sense of the times they are living in. Along the way, Leah and Bernie discover what it means to chase their own ideas and dreams, and to embrace what they are capable of both romantically and artistically.

Warm and insightful, Housemates is a story of youth and freedom—a glorious celebration of queer life, and how art and love might save us all.
Two young housemates embark on a road trip to discover themselves in this sparkling novel of love, friendship, and chosen family in a fractured America, by the award-winning author of The Third...

Advance Praise

“An intimate portrait of a burgeoning relationship against the vast landscape of the open road, Housemates is a warm and inviting novel. Like the large format camera her character wields, Eisenberg captures the complexity of both people and places with precision and generosity. And finally a book about Pennsylvania and Philly that looks like the place I know and love!" —Sara Nović, New York Times bestselling author of True Biz

"Radiant and invigoratingly truthful, Housemates invites us to think about the community and country that are possible when we love." —Megha Majumdar, New York Times bestselling author of A Burning

“My favorite book of the year. . . a wise and beautiful and gorgeously gay exploration of America, art, and the rugged vast country that is love itself.” —Sarah Thankam Matthews, author of All This Could Be Different

“Gorgeous. . . A novel as full as life itself, about art-making and love and friendship and making a way in the world, complicated, funny, questioning, moral. Bernie and Leah are still with me. I won’t ever forget them.” —Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Hero of This Book

“Eisenberg has a poet’s eye for truth, and her prose is gorgeously precise and empathetic while remaining cleareyed. Emotionally rich and quietly thought-provoking, this is simply a stunning debut.” —Kirkus, starred review

“A debut novel that’s part The Price of Salt and part Just Kids, in which two friends journey across America in pursuit of art and love.” —Electric Lit

“A brilliant book about friendship, found family, and jawns. It’s an ode to our bonds told through exquisite character work that makes the world feel so lived in.” —Debutiful, most anticipated debut debut books of 2024

“This celebration of queer life can’t get into our hands soon enough!” —Hey Alma, most anticipated debut books of 2024

“A perfect novel about making art, making a life, and how to do those things at the same time with other people.” —Hilary Leichter, ‘A Year in Reading’ in The Millions

Housemates is the brilliant, queer, abundant, art-drunk, soulful, sexy American road trip novel we've needed for so long. Eisenberg writes about the way we live now with tremendous insight and a wide, wide heart. Believe me: this is one journey you don't want to miss." —Stacey D'Erasmo, author of The Complicities

“Ripe and undeniably rich. . . a full-on sensory experience. The novel delights in rendering its bodies–human and landscape alike–as wholly, queerly complex. Characters are both the voyeur and the exhibit here; they encounter twin licks of fear and desire, experiencing the acute ache that comes from creating painfully good art. I fell deeply in love with this book, marveling at its lushness and its attention to detail, happy to follow wherever I was led. Emma Copley Eisenberg is a brilliant writer and Housemates is superb.” —Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author of Mostly Dead Things


“An intimate portrait of a burgeoning relationship against the vast landscape of the open road, Housemates is a warm and inviting novel. Like the large format camera her character wields, Eisenberg...


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PAGES 352

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