The Regrets is the rom-com for those of us who hate rom-coms for being heartwarming and unrealistic. (Yes, there are ghosts in this book and still it's more realistic than your standard Meg Ryan fare.) Bonnaffons takes the set pieces of the New York romance and turns them into a prescient meditation on the nature of identity and the ways that romantic relationships can threaten one's sense of self. Also, and I can't stress this enough, there are ghosts.
— From The Regrets
"Dazzling...wildly inventive and daring...the writing itself is flawless...The Regrets
is a miracle of a love story, a brilliant novel that asks perceptive questions about the line between love and (literal) possession, about what we're willing to do for love."—NPR.org
"Boldly sensitive, sexy, witty, and sad- good lord, thank you, Amy Bonnaffons, for writing a book like a tonic for those of us who are painfully wide open to the world and 'fatally vulnerable to magic.' Readers will find themselves haunted by The Regrets
long after putting it down."—CJ HAUSER, author of FAMILY OF ORIGIN
captures the bardo of love, a world where living flesh and ghostly projection are indistinguishable, as they often are in the yearnings, desires, and infatuations of our own waking lives."—MELISSA BRODER, author of THE PISCES
"A surreal love story about the courtship between a living
woman and a dead man...It is a plot that could be-that should be-unbearably twee,
oppressively quirky, in love with its own melancholy. Instead, Bonnaffons' first
full-length novel is a rare pleasure: a philosophical rom-com too weird, too
bodily, too precise, too fun to get bogged down in trembling sentiment. Deep
and deeply funny."
—KIRKUS (Starred Review)
"If orgasm is, as the French would have it, a 'little death,' no novelist I know illuminates the tingling play between sex and mortality better than Amy Bonnaffons. At once love story, ghost story, and low-key philosophical investigation into the nature of existence, The Regrets
is a supernatural tale about the super natural vagaries of love: the transcendence of attraction, the haunting of possession, and the potency of daydream."
—RACHEL LYON, authorof SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY
wonderful debut novel is
a tale of ghostly love and passion...The tension of an ephemeral romance and impending
loss will keep readers turning the pages, and the luminous prose is vibrant
with penetrating observations, whether about moments that are a 'crucial node
in the universe's vast plan' or about dying-with or without regrets. This sexy,
witty novel about life, death, and love's power will enchant readers."
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review)
"In Amy Bonnaffons's remarkable debut novel, The Regrets
, love is spectral-both literally and figuratively. This is a book about ghosts and angels and dreams, but its emotional register is grounded and unmistakably human. The Regrets
examines the way wisdom can interfere with fulfillment and self-protection with the joy of living. It is somehow both sly and earnest, humorous and haunting. Bonnaffons reads like Haruki Murakami for the millennial generation; she is weird, tender, and full of magic."—LUCY TAN, author of WHAT WE WERE PROMISED
"This tight and lyrical debut novel follows the flawed members of a sticky love triangle...Bonnaffons (The Wrong Heaven
, 2018) has a deft hand for dialogue and character development, which grounds the fantastical nature of her novel in the sharp truths of real-life love and desire."—BOOKLIST
when you think there's no new way to write about heartbreak, along comes Amy
Bonnaffons with her smart, spooky debut novel 'The Regrets,' in which a hip,
single Brooklyn librarian falls for a sexy ghost."
"Bonnaffons is a masterful
chronicler of female desire and its discontents."
—LENI ZUMAS, author ofRED CLOCKS
in piercing prose, this brisk exploration of love, sex, and loss will leave you
feeling pleasantly haunted."
"Amy Bonnaffons gives an entirely new meaning to
the term 'ghosting' with her clever debut novel. It's a high concept she
grounds with insightful, sometimes painfully accurate observations about
dating, skewering a particular brand of millennial dirtbag boyfriend while
tenderly examining the heart of a woman who falls for him... Bonnaffons makes the
figurative literal to charming effect."
"Bonnaffons reveals the
mysteries inside of us, just waiting to make themselves known."
—KEVIN WILSON, authorof NOTHING TO SEE HERE
"Her name's Rachel, she's a librarian in New York, and she's in love with
a ghost. Her man is stuck in a purgatory of sorts, and their relationship is up
against time. This sounds weird (it is), but it's also sexy and worth it. It
will make you think hard about life, death, and love. Perfect, since V-day is
"Amy Bonnaffons is the real deal. She's a woman of impossible juxtapositions."
—DARIN STRAUSS, author of HALF A LIFE
girl encounters a ghost on a Brooklyn bus and falls head over heels in this
witty update of the Bridget Jones-esque rom-com in which soul mates bond via
'perfect consonance, zero conversation.'"
"Bonnaffons is excellent at depicting the unreasoning nature of desire, the
physical yearnings that can make shacking up with a sexy ghost seem like a good
—WALL STREET JOURNAL
"In this hauntingly beautiful debut novel, a love affair crosses
the line between the living and the dead."