“Audacious, breathtaking, and inspiring.” —GEORGE SAUNDERS
“Madcap, delirious, exhilaratingly good.” —KELLY LINK
“A delightfully bizarre and unabashedly queer revelation.” —TEGAN and SARA QUIN
“A beautifully brilliant, hilariously sad stunner of a debut that never forgets about the heart.” —NANA KWAME ADJEI-BRENYAH
What if you had the chance to rewrite the course of your relationship, again and again, in the hopes that it would work out?
When Myriam and Allison fall in love at a show in a run-down punk house, their relationship begins to unfold through a series of hypotheticals. What if they became mothers by finding a baby in an alley? What if the only cure for Myriam’s depression was Allison’s flesh? What if they were B-list celebrities, famous for writing a book about building healthy lesbian relationships? How much darker—or sexier—would their dynamic be if one were a power-hungry CEO, and the other her lowly employee? From the fantasies of early romance to the slow encroaching of violence that unravels the fantasy, each reality builds to complete a brilliant, painfully funny portrait of love’s many promises and perils.
Equal parts sexy and profane, unsentimental, and gut-wrenching, How It Works Out is a genre-bending, arresting, uncanny exploration of queerness, love, and our drive for connection, in any and all possible worlds.
“An early contender for Best Premise: when Myriam and Alison fall in love at a local punk show, their relationship begins to play out as different hypotheticals in different realities. What if the two of them became bestselling lifestyle celesbians? What if they embraced motherhood upon finding an abandoned baby in alley? What if one was a CEO and the other was her lowly employee?”
—ELECTRIC LITERATURE, Most Anticipated of 2024
“What an audacious, breathtaking, and inspiring debut. The power of this formally innovative and deeply funny book is that everything exists to serve the compassionate heart at its core. Myriam Lacroix's work is a cause for celebration.”GEORGE SAUNDERS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Liberation Day
“How It Works Out is madcap, delirious, exhilaratingly good.”
—KELLY LINK, author of The Book of Love
“How It Works Out is a delightfully bizarre and unabashedly queer revelation; a truly captivating exploration of love. Myriam Lacroix’s kaleidoscopic first novel invites you to embrace the unconventional and revel in the multiverse of ‘what-ifs’ we only wish we could explore in our own relationships. We loved it.”
—TEGAN AND SARA QUIN, New York Times bestselling authors of High School
"In How It Works Out, we see wonderfully different iterations of Myriam and Allison that all work together in the most satisfying and unexpected ways. Lacroix writes with a brave heart, a fiercely inventive mind, and a breathtaking ability to render it all in precise, stellar sentences. A hilarious, unsettling, and moving debut."
—DANA SPIOTTA, National Book Award finalist and author of Wayward
“Lacroix has written a beautifully brilliant, hilariously sad stunner of a debut that never forgets about the heart.”
—NANA KWAME ADJEI-BRENYAH, New York Times bestselling author of Friday Black and Chain-Gang All-Stars
“The shape-shifting, speculative history of a Great Love, in which any distinction between what really happened, what might have happened, and what couldn’t possibly have happened is thrillingly moot. Funny and lusty and wistful and bold; best of all, How It Works Out genuinely feels unlike anything you’ve read before.”
—JONATHAN DEE, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Sugar Street
“Hilarious, heart-rending, grotesque, delightful, utterly brilliant.” DAISY JOHNSON, author of Everything Under
—DAISY JOHNSON, author of Everything Under
“I loved this book. It’s like nothing else I’ve read. Every single page kept me guessing––it's rare to read something so delightfully strange.”
—KRISTY LOGAN, author of Now She Is Witch