What You Wish For


What you wish for book coverA Novel
by Katherine Center

On Sale: July 14, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Paperback: 320 Pages


From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes What you Wish For, a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.

Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids, and her school family with passion and joy for living.
But she wasn’t always that way.
Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen.
But he wasn’t always that way.

And Sam knows it. Because she knew him before―at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him―but she was invisible. To him. To everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new school, a new job, a new chance at living. But when Duncan, of all people, gets hired as the new principal there, it feels like the best thing that could possibly happen to the school―and the worst thing that could possibly happen to Sam. Until the opposite turns out to be true. The lovable Duncan she’d known is now a suit-and-tie wearing, rule-enforcing tough guy so hell-bent on protecting the school that he’s willing to destroy it.

As the school community spirals into chaos, and danger from all corners looms large, Sam and Duncan must find their way to who they really are, what it means to be brave, and how to take a chance on love―which is the riskiest move of all.

With Katherine Center’s sparkling dialogue, unforgettable characters, heart, hope, and humanity, What You Wish For is the author at her most compelling best. 

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About the author

Katherine Center writes bittersweet comic novels about how we get back up after life has knocked us down. She writes about hope, and love, and how we hold onto life’s joys, even in the midst of all its hardship. 

She tries to capture joy on the page. Katherine is the author of six novels, including the instant New York Times bestsellers How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire, as well as Happiness for Beginners and The Lost Husband (soon to be a movie starring Leslie Bibb and Josh Duhamel). 

Her work has appeared in O MagazineVanity Fair, The Atlantic, RedbookInStylePeopleUSA Today, Real Simple and many others.  

For more about Katherine, check her website HERE!

Praise

“The story’s message, that people should choose joy even (and especially) in difficult and painful times, seems tailor-made for this moment. A timely, uplifting read about finding joy in the midst of tragedy, filled with quirky characters and comforting warmth.”—Kirkus (starred review)


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