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A powerful, vibrant novel about the life-changing weekend shared between two strangers, from the award-winning writer Roxane Gay calls "a consummate storyteller".

On a rainy October night in Kentucky, recently divorced therapist Tallie Clark is on her way home from work when she spots a man precariously standing at the edge of a bridge. Without a second thought, Tallie pulls over and jumps out of the car into the pouring rain. She convinces the man to join her for a cup of coffee, and he eventually agrees to come back to her house, where he finally shares his name: Emmett. 

Over the course of the emotionally charged weekend that follows, Tallie makes it her mission to provide a safe space for Emmett, though she hesitates to confess that this is also her day job. What she doesn’t realize is that Emmett isn’t the only one who needs healing - and they both are harboring secrets.

Alternating between Tallie and Emmett’s perspectives as they inch closer to the truth of what brought Emmett to the bridge’s edge - as well as the hard truths Tallie has been grappling with since her marriage ended - This Close to Okay is an uplifting, cathartic story about chance encounters, hope found in unlikely moments, and the subtle magic of human connection.

©2021 Leesa Cross-Smith (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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  • Dee
  • 27-03-21

heart-warming

This is my first time writing a review and this book deserves it. 5 stars all the way!

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  • OwlLover
  • 27-04-21

A good enough easy read (but TW: suicide)

At first, I was concerned about the overt religious references and did not want to keep going if it would continue. It did, but not at a high frequency. It just felt like it didn't fit. The story itself ks quite intetesting and the alternating narration works well. The end is a bit messy and inexplicable.

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  • Anne
  • 22-04-21

Interesting

Sometimes it felt contrived but still very interesting and different plot. I enjoyed it. Not sure how I feel about the ending.

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  • mkleger
  • 21-04-21

Wasn't What I Expected!!!

I personally loved the storyline. Kept me engaged,the narrator was good also. Look forward to more reads/listens by this author.

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  • Penniedee
  • 21-04-21

Enjoyed with a few reservations

I enjoyed this book but there were a few things that turned me off a little. First & probably my main gripe is the female narrator. Her voice is very nice and if I heard her on another book, I'd have no complaints. But she read this 40yr old therapist like a 16 year old girl. Some parts, she truly sounded like a kid & that made it difficult to believe in the character. My other gripe is about Tali being a 40 yr old therapist but making childish comments out loud or to herself. And also the whole Facebook stalking thing...and I'm supposed to believe she's a rational professional person? idk. some things with Tali made it hard to see her as a well educated adult. Other than that, the book was nice & touched on a lot of things. The kindess shown in this book is really it's saving grace.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-21

Some hope during these crazy times.

This book takes you on an emotional journey, but a good one. Leesa really captures the characters well and it’s nice to see their layers and personal stories unfold as the book goes on. It makes me think about the impact that we can have on people’s lives, no matter how big or small, and that we never truly know the weight that people may be carrying.