The Husbands

The Husbands

A hilariously original twist on the romantic comedy, for fans of REALLY GOOD, ACTUALLY

Summary

'The most fun' MARIAN KEYES * 'A time-bending gem' GABRIELLE ZEVIN * 'Brilliant, hilarious, surprising' NAOMI ALDERMAN

You wait ages for The One . . . then 203 come along at once

One night Lauren finds a strange man in her flat who claims to be her husband. All the evidence – from photos to electricity bills – suggests he’s right.

Lauren’s attic, she slowly realises, is creating an endless supply of husbands for her.

There’s the one who pretends to play music on her toes.
The one who’s too hot (there must be a catch).
The one who makes a great breakfast sandwich.
The one who turns everything into double entendres (‘I’ll weed
your garden’).
And the one who can calm her unruly thoughts with a single touch.


But when you can change husbands as easily as changing a lightbulb, how do you know whether the one you have now is the good-enough one, or the wrong one, or the best one? And how long should you keep trying to find out?

***** Early Reader Reviews *****
‘This book was INCREDIBLE! So inventive, funny and different’
‘An incredibly vivid, completely original story, which rather neatly sums up be careful what you wish for!’
‘I clapped out loud and cried’
‘I adored this book. Fast-paced and funny with heart’
‘Inventive, funny, readable and with a point to make!’
‘A multiverse rom-com, an exercise in game theory, a cousin to the time loop story’

Reviews

  • WONDERFUL: fresh, original, hugely entertaining and oddly comforting . . . I laughed out loud countless times . . . the most fun I've had reading in the longest time. It is an utter delight
    MARIAN KEYES

About the author

Holly Gramazio

Holly Gramazio is a writer, game designer and curator from Adelaide, currently based in London. She founded the experimental games festival Now Play This, and wrote the script for the award-winning indie videogame Dicey Dungeons. She’s particularly interested in rules, play, cities, gardens, games that get people acting creatively and art that gets people interacting with their surroundings in new ways. The Husbands is her first novel.
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