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Publisher's Summary

Longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize

An unflinching, sage, and mesmerizing portrait of an open relationship, Next Year, For Sure defies expectation and heralds the beginning of a bright writing career.

After nine years together, Kathryn and Chris have the sort of relationship most would envy. They speak in the shorthand they have invented, complete one another's sentences and help each other through every daily and existential dilemma. When Chris tells Kathryn about his attraction to Emily, a vivacious young woman he sees often at the laundromat, Kathryn encourages him to ask her out on a date - certain that her bond with Chris is strong enough to weather whatever may come.

As Kathryn and Chris stumble into polyamory, Next Year, For Sure tracks the tumultuous, revelatory and often very funny year that follows. When Chris' romance with Emily evolves beyond what anyone anticipated, both Chris and Kathryn are invited into Emily's communal home, where Kathryn will discover new possibilities of her own. In the confusions, passions and upheavals of their new lives, both Kathryn and Chris will be forced to reconsider their past and what they thought they knew about love.

Offering a luminous portrait of a relationship from two perspectives, Zoey Leigh Peterson has written an empathic, beautiful, and tremendously honest novel about a great love pushed to the edge. Deeply poignant and hugely entertaining, Next Year, For Sure shows us what lies at the mysterious heart of relationships and what true openness and transformation require.

©2017 Zoey Leigh Peterson (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

"With this energetic, fast-paced debut, the author has taken an empathetic and open-minded look at a couple who have made the conscious decision to define relationships outside the dictated status quo. It is a thoughtful, warm meditation on what it means to love, querying our widespread cultural reluctance to expand our definitions beyond traditional narratives and typical pairings." ( The Globe and Mail)
"Peterson is a gifted storyteller.... Enthralling." ( People)

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This story makes you open your views on what a relationship can become. Even if you're happy in your relationship its healthy to be able to explore other options. It felt nice to not judge this relationship and just see where it went.

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  • Vanessa
  • 2018-03-25

Heart wrenching

What an amazing story of love and loss. I enjoyed every minute. Can’t wait to see what the author writes next!