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His Favorites

(2018)
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A "tense, taut, and thrilling" (Marie Claire) novel about a teenage girl, a predatory teacher, and a school's complicity from the highly acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award finalist and author of A Short History of Women - "riveting, terrifying, exactly the book for our times" (Ann Patchett).

They were on a lark, three teenaged girls speeding across the greens at night on a "borrowed" golf cart, drunk. The cart crashes and one of the girls lands violently in the rough, killed instantly. The driver, Jo, flees the hometown that has turned against her and enrolls at a prestigious boarding school. Her past weighs on her. She is responsible for the death of her best friend. She has tipped her parents' rocky marriage into demise. She is ready to begin again, far away from the accident.

"Devastatingly relevant" (Vogue) and "fueled by gorgeous writing" (NPR), His Favorites reveals the interior life of a young woman determined to navigate the treachery in a new world. Told from her perspective many years later, the story coolly describes a series of shattering events and a school that failed to protect her. "Before things turn treacherous, there's a moment when predation can feel dangerously like kindness... Walbert understands this... His Favorites begs to be read" (Time).

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The smartest, most brutally true novel I’ve read this year. His Favorites reveals Kate Walbert’s dazzling ability to render the unsayable." - Carolyn Cooke

"His Favorites is exactly the book for our times. That Kate Walbert has managed to write a novel that is riveting, terrifying, and yet always charmingly buoyant, speaks volumes to how well she understands women. If you’re trying to figure out what’s going on, how these things happen, read this book." - Ann Patchett

"The writing is so beautiful and exact—so startling in every sentence—that His Favorites took me way past what I thought I knew. This is a novel that shines with a laser beam, lighting what needs to be lit." - Joan Silber


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Hardback Editions

August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: His Favorites: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Walbert
ISBN: 1-4767-9939-3 / 978-1-4767-9939-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: His Favorites: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Walbert
ISBN: 1-4767-9940-7 / 978-1-4767-9940-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

August 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: His Favorites
Author(s): Kate Walbert
ISBN: 1-5082-6510-0 / 978-1-5082-6510-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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August 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: His Favorites
Author(s): Kate Walbert
ISBN: 1-5082-6511-9 / 978-1-5082-6511-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio
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August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: His Favorites: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Walbert
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   


August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: His Favorites: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Walbert
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: His Favorites: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Walbert
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA