THIS IS BETWEEN US by Kevin Sampsell

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THIS IS BETWEEN US by Kevin Sampsell


~58,000 WORDS
Tin House

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Chronicling five years of a troubled romance, This Is Between Us offers an intimate view of one couple’s struggle—from the illicit beginnings of sexual obsession to the fragile architecture of a pieced-together family. Full of sweet moments, emotional time bombs, unexpected humor, and blunt sexuality, the daily life of this man and woman, both recently divorced, with children and baggage in tow, emerges in all of its complexity. In this utterly engrossing debut novel, Kevin Sampsell delivers a confessional tale of love between two resilient people who have staked their hearts on each other.

"Well written . . . . consisting of telling moments and epiphanies rendered in precise, poetic prose." — Publishers Weekly

"Sampsell moves on from the personal essays of his book A Common Pornography, and gives readers this sad and sweet tale of a love that doesn’t seem right." — Flavorwire (picked This Is Between Us as a 10 Must-Read Books for November)

"This is Between Us is like the anti-romcom (although it is romantic. And funny.) [….] Sampsell’s protagonist is candid about the struggles in the relationship and the problems he has with the person he loves. This is Between Us is a powerful reminder of the world you create with someone when the two of you fall in love." — The Airship

"Its droll style and its archaeological attentiveness to the debris of American life - the remote controls, video recorders, tight ends, and one-hit wonders of yesteryear - combined with Sampsell’s talent for observing the ordinary, infuse the most ‘common’ incidents of growing up with wit and meaning." — Harper's Magazine

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