Delia Ephron

Left on Tenth

Left on Tenth

A Second Chance at Life

Summary

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

'Tender, witty and romantic - there is something so calming about Delia's writing that makes you immediately want to get cosy, slow down and shut off the world for a moment.' - Emma Gannon

An emotional, magical memoir from the New York Times bestselling writer about finding love a second time around.
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If you pitched a movie about a recently-widowed woman in her seventies who reconnects with a man she dated in college, leading to an exchange of emails and the pair falling in love fifty years after their first date, the studio exec would say it's too far-fetched. Yet that's just what happened to Delia Ephron, writer, bestselling novelist and screenwriter of You've Got Mail.

When Delia's beloved first husband Jerry died of cancer in 2015, after thirty-three years of marriage, she struggled without him. Focusing on the day-to-day, she decided to make one small move forward and cancel Jerry's dedicated landline. This spiralled into days of frustration, prompting Delia to turn to words to process her grief and bewilderment.

Her New York Times piece about the woes of customer service caught the eye of Peter, who emailed to commiserate. He was recently widowed himself and reminded Delia that years ago, when they were college students, they had been set up by her sister Nora. Cautiously, Delia replied. Over a few short weeks of email exchanges, Delia realized that she and Peter were undeniably soulmates. Months later, still caught up in this whirlwind romance, Delia made another life-changing discovery: she was profoundly sick.

Left on Tenth is the spirited story of Delia's second chance at love, and a heartfelt and miraculous account of life after cancer.
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MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2022 - TIME Magazine
BEST NON-FICTION BOOK OF 2022 - DAILY MAIL

'Illuminating, generous, sparkling with wit, wisdom, humanity and wonder [...] There is not one word that does not shine.' - Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

'Ephron has a lightness of touch while getting right to the heart of the matter which is completely addictive. Moving, painful, sweet and funny, it's a beautiful book and a joy to read.' - Clover Stroud, author of The Red of my Blood

'If it's possible to fall in love with someone by reading their story, I just have. A testimony to the power of love, laughter, hair, friendship and cake.' Sam Baker