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Expectation

(2019)
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In this sharply observed novel set in and around London, three college friends, now in their thirties, must come to terms with the gap between the lives they imagined for themselves and reality in the face of marriage, fertility struggles, and loss.

In her first year of motherhood after an unplanned pregnancy, Cate is constantly exhausted, spiraling into self-doubt and postpartum anxiety. Her husband Sam seems oblivious, but maybe she’d prefer he remain in the dark. How can she admit the unthinkable—that she misses her freedom?

In contrast, Hannah continues to endure round after round of unsuccessful IVF treatments. The process is taking its toll on her physically and emotionally—and, she worries, creating distance between her and her husband Nathan. She is godmother to Cate’s son, but every time they get together, it’s a trigger.

Beautiful and unattached, Lissa is re-evaluating what it means to be an actress in her thirties. While she fiercely resists convention, she’s also lonely. A chance encounter in the British Library with Nathan has her wondering if she missed her best chance at love when she introduced him to Hannah.

As each woman longs for what the others seemingly possess, will their bonds of friendship sustain them in this liminal phase of their lives—or will their envy and desire tear them apart?

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Expectation by Anna Hope brings to vivid life that particular tension one feels just before middle age, when it begins to become clear that life won’t end up looking exactly the way we thought it would. The female friendships here are ones we’ll all recognize, and in seeing myself in each of these women – their good moments and their bad - I felt implicated in their stories, and in this book. It’s an outstanding novel." - Mary Beth Keane

"A generation-defining book, honest and relatable on motherhood, ambition and sex. Like Normal People with female friendship under the microscope." - Erin Kelly

"Tender and smart, beautiful and melancholy, Expectation examines the entwined lives of three women who 'are no longer young but . . . do not feel old.' These friends admire, envy, and betray each other, and experience joy and loss together. I ached for them in the best way." - Polly Rosenwaike


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April 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Expectation: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 0-06-299470-0 / 978-0-06-299470-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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March 2020 : UK Hardback

Title: Expectation
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 1-4448-4422-9 / 978-1-4448-4422-1 (UK edition)
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July 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Expectation: The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year
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May 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Expectation: The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 1-78416-280-9 / 978-1-78416-280-1 (UK edition)
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Title: Expectation: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 0-06-295607-8 / 978-0-06-295607-1 (USA edition)
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July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Expectation: The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 0-85752-491-7 / 978-0-85752-491-1 (UK edition)
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April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Expectation: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 1-09-411902-4 / 978-1-09-411902-1
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Title: Expectation: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 1-09-411903-2 / 978-1-09-411903-8
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April 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Expectation: Library Edition
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 1-09-411901-6 / 978-1-09-411901-4
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Expectation: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Hope
Publisher: HarperAudio
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July 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Expectation
Author(s): Anna Hope
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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July 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Expectation
Author(s): Anna Hope
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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July 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Expectation
Author(s): Anna Hope
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Expectation: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Hope
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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Title: Expectation: The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year
Author(s): Anna Hope
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