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Lydia is living a nightmare when she is awake and a dream while she is asleep. In her waking hours, her fiancé, Freddie, has just passed away and she is trying to navigate the first year after his death. She rewards herself by taking sleeping pills that allow her to inhabit an alternate reality in which Freddie is still alive. These dreams come at a price though and Lydia has to make a big decision. Can she sacrifice her waking life for a dream life that isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?
-Clare— From Clare's Recs
Two lives. Two loves. One impossible choice. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club Pick One Day in December . . .
“I read The Two Lives of Lydia Bird in a single sitting. What a beautiful, emotional gift Josie Silver has given us.”—Jodi Picoult
Written with Josie Silver’s trademark warmth and wit, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful and thrilling love story about the what-ifs that arise at life’s crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given a miraculous chance to answer them.
Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade and Lydia thought their love was indestructible. But she was wrong. On Lydia’s twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.
So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants is to hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life—and perhaps even love—again.
But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.
Lydia is pulled again and again through the doorway to her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.
About the Author
Josie Silver’s debut novel, One Day in December, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Josie lives in a small town in the UK with her husband, their sons, and an ever-changing cast of animals.
“A dreamy love story . . . a moving story of grief and finding one’s way back.”—People
“A novel that will make you laugh, cry, and think about the precious gift of being in love.”—Today online
“Bursting with wit and charm . . . heart-wrenching yet hope-filled.”—Woman’s World
“Another irresistible love story.”—The Skimm
“Silver strikes gold for a second time with this tale . . . [and] delivers an ending that’s as rewarding as it is revelatory.”—Electric Literature
“As much a meditation on healing after loss as it is a gently developed love story.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Through lush prose, expert plotting, and richly imagined characters, Silver offers an achingly real portrait of grief transposed with the character’s intoxicating parallel universe. This will stay with readers long after the final page is turned.”—Publishers Weekly
“The Two Lives of Lydia Bird offers wit in abundance, deeply satisfying characterization, and a mega-dose of heart. What a journey these characters take, and what magic this author uses to bring each of them alive. Josie Silver is fresh, insightful, and daring. Her voice is one of rising strength in women’s fiction today.”—Barbara Delinsky, New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Salt Air