First large print edition
466 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Life for Ethan and Zo used to be simple. Ethan co-founded a lucrative media start-up and Zo was well on her way to becoming a successful filmmaker. Then they moved to a rural community for a little more tranquility - or so they thought. When newfound political activism transforms Zo into a barely recognizable ball of outrage and #MeToo allegations rock his old firm, Ethan finds himself a misfit in his own life. Enter a houseguest who is young, fun and not at all concerned with the real world and Ethan is abruptly forced to question everything - his past, his future, his marriage and what he values most. Startling, witty, thought-provoking and wise, Ali Benjamin's exciting debut novel offers the shock of recognition as it deftly illuminates some of the biggest issues of our time. Taking inspiration from a classic Edith Wharton tale about a small-town love triangle, The Smash-Up is a wholly contemporary exploration of how the things we fail to see can fracture a life, a family, a community and a nation.