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Days of Wonder
 from Algonquin/Hachette

"Leavitt's most audacious and empathetic novel yet." Bustle

"Leavitt infuses a much-told story with contemporary social issues that render the work fresh and provocative and deep. Leavitt’s gift for complex yet self-aware protagonists makes us root for them," The Los Angeles Times

"Readers who crave drama will love it." Booklist

"Splendid. A great American writer." Scott Simon, NPR

:Heart-rendingly beautiful, achingly poignant, and innately and almost miraculously full of love and wonder." BookReporter

"One of Leavitt's finest." Lilith Magazine.

"Marvelously satisfying." The National Book Review.

"A true escape to look forward to." Oprah Daily

"This intense page-turn­er takes place in the bor­oughs of New York City and in the col­lege town of Ann Arbor, Michi­gan. Some may call it a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller, giv­en that pas­sion and attempt­ed mur­der are cen­tral ele­ments. This is Car­o­line Leavitt’s best work to date.  Jewish Book Council

"Editors' Choice. Her best book yet. Grade A." The Citizen

"As intricately patterned as a high-quality Persian rug. Page-turning, almost impossible to put down." Fran Hawthorne, New York Journal of Books

"All page-turning drama." One of People Magazine's Best Books of April 
One of Three Top LitPics from CBS Mary Calvi Book Club


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Parts of Days of Wonder has been awarded a grant from MidAtlantic Arts 

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Days of Wonder is about a young troubled woman, early-released from prison, struggling to reinvent herself as she searches for the child she gave up, and grapples with the mystery of an attempted murder she and her now vanished boyfriend supposedly committed when they were fifteen. 


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“Caroline Leavitt has crafted a novel rich in empathy and a story that will resonate with every reader. When Ella and Jude's young love goes awry, they struggle for a maturity that allows them to see that their past mistakes are in fact doors to a new, more beautiful life.” —Ann Napolitano, New York Times bestselling author and Oprah Bookclub pick, Hello Beautiful

"Days of Wonder" is unputdown-able for all the best reasons. It's about the most fascinating topics (the media, guilt, love). It's packed with all you want (style, pathos, humor). It's got a killer plot, a great heroine, and brilliance on every page. It is, in short, a masterpiece. If you're not a Leavitt fan, you just haven't read this one. " Darin Strauss, NBCC-winning author of Half a Life and bestselling author of Queen of Tuesday

"In this heart-rending page-turner, Caroline Leavitt spins a complex web of mother-daughter relationships in the aftermath of a tragically impulsive act that shatters the lives of two teenage lovers. With a tender, incisive eye, she shows how resilience can be forged from regret and hope from remorse.
Julia Glass, National Book Award winner, author of Vigil Harbor

"There is good reason Caroline Leavitt is considered our great American storyteller. Days of Wonder, her incandescent novel of young love, loss and regret will not leave you when you reach the end. Ella Fitchburg is a total original, her struggles for truth, connection and forgiveness are our own. This layered novel is woven with the tender thread of love, which saves Ella and redeems a past she cannot escape. Superb." —Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Left Undone

"What a phenomenal novel! Poignant, thrilling and moving, Caroline Leavitt's DAYS OF WONDER grabbed me from the very first page and wouldn't let go. Leavitt is a master of plotting, pacing and language. This intricately woven, beautifully written novel is a joy. A tender, propulsive and stunning read! "
Jean Kwok, New York Times and internationally bestselling author and Jenna's Today Show pick

As compassionate as it is complex, Days of Wonder is a completely absorbing story of loss, injustice, and the canyons of misconception left behind. Both a coming-of-age love story and a tale of motherhood, the emotional resonance will stay with you long after the final page.

--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of The Many Daughters of Afong Moy

"Caroline Leavitt’s newest novel captures, in searing and heart stopping prose, explosions of passion--between lovers—and the kind of desperate love that binds and alienates family members in what has emerged as her signature style across an electrifying body of work.  In Days of Wonder, fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons go off the rails with devastating consequences, and later, in the wake of pain and loneliness, some, thankfully, manage to float and reach beyond pain to a greater good. What's left in the aftermath of dreams slashed are people who are scarred, yet resilient, determined to begin anew, and somehow able to give love another chance."

 Jessica Keener, author of SIBA bestseller and Indie Next pick, Strangers in Budapest, and the national bestseller, Night Swim.

 “Caroline Leavitt is a national treasure. I've been reading her novels from the very first and I can say that no one writes about the bond of motherhood like Leavitt. I loved Days of Wonder and simply couldn’t put it down. A warm, big-hearted story of love and longing, the novel gets at the very essence of what it means to be a mother and a daughter, a friend and a wife. Like all of Leavitt's novels, this latest offers the most profound narrative pleasures. Days of Wonder may be her best yet.” —Joanna Rakoff, Best selling author of My Salinger Year and a Fortunate Age 


"Caroline Leavitt is at the top of her game in DAYS OF WONDER. She has crafted a cast of characters who will have readers spellbound. Childhood disasters, adult transgressions, and the complications of family are woven together to create a novel of redemption, reinvention, and hope. Rarely have I read a novel that affected me so dramatically that I felt the characters were people with whom I had a personal investment. Set aside an afternoon for DAYS OF WONDER. It will leave you in awe."
Pamela Klinger-Horn, Valley Bookseller

"A highly emotional and rare glimpse into both the beauty and brutality of motherhood, and the paths chosen. Leavitt's Days of Wonder is a huge triumph."
Ron Block, Branch Manager, Cuyahoga County Public Library

DAYS OF WONDER should come with a gift card for Uber Eats, because once you begin reading, you will not be able to stop. Caroline Leavitt’s characters climb off the page and straight into your heart. This story of love and loss and redemption, and how the weight of our secrets can shred us is unforgettable.

What a gift to be able to hold this book in your hands and lose yourself in its pages!

Mary Webber O'Malley

Virtual Bookseller

Skylark Bookshop


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Joe Donahue interviews Caroline about DAYS OF WONDER on the NPR show, THE BOOK SHOW. Listen here. 
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