Lauren Mackenzie The Couples


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Eva looked out the attic window of their charming guest house and watched the sun rise. She thought she might be sick. Splayed on the lawn below was Frank, apparently out cold. Her husband snored in the bed behind her. She loved Shay, of course she did, but right now the only person she wanted to think about was Conor. She didn't want to think about Bea or Lizzie or what Lizzie might have got up to with Shay.

Frank's 48th birthday had given the three couples an excuse for a much needed night away from children, nagging bills and ailing parents. The drink flowed, life in Dublin with all its stress felt a long way away. When Frank proposed they swap partners, it felt deliciously, irresistibly reckless. One night. No obligations. No expectations. All the women had to do was text a man of their choice.

The only rule? No falling in love.

It was a night that some of them couldn't remember. And others couldn't forget.

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'A brilliant novel, perceptive and precise on the intricacies of human relationships, the burdens we place on ourselves and each other, the mad dances we do around love, obligation, impulse and desire. A blockbuster in waiting'
- Donal Ryan, author of The Queen of Dirt Island

'What a devilishly delicious read about six fascinating and flawed people and their imperfect relationships, their vulnerabilities and betrayals. Empathetic, entertaining and enthralling'
- Liz Nugent

'I adored The Couples! A nuanced and entertaining novel of keenly observed relationships that gripped me from start to finish. Stunning! Lauren Mackenzie is a writer of tremendous talent'
- Danielle McLaughlin, author of The Art of Falling

'A witty, sharply-observed tale of modern relationships. Gorgeously written, Mackenzie's novel is both funny and devastating in turn. A brilliant exploration of love, sex, friendship and ambition in contemporary Ireland'
- Victoria MacKenzie, author of For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy on My Little Pain

'Normal People for married people'
- Irish Times

'Lauren MacKenzie's The Couples is an utterly compulsive read, I couldn't put it down, with characters so authentic they jumped off the page. And how wonderfully refreshing to see older, messy, flawed, complex, sexy, desirable characters in fiction. I adored it'
- Fiona Scarlett, author of Boys Don't Cry

'MacKenzie is a beautiful writer, with an astute eye for the relationships, desires and difficulties that make up modern mid-life, told with humour, compassion and flair. The Couples is an engrossing read, with characters that feel completely realised, their messy complicated existence alive on the page'
- Olivia Fitzsimons, author of The Quiet Whispers Never Stop

'The Couples is a provocative, layered meditation on the vagaries of modern friendship, studded with gems of insight and beauty. An intriguing, compelling novel'
- Nuala O'Connor, author of Nora


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