In the world of Kate Taylor, heroine of Rules for Saying Goodbye, pleasure and melancholy are close neighbors--like the summer hats and lobster boilers squashed together in the tiny closet of her Manhattan apartment. In this hilarious, bittersweet story, we follow young Kate from her girlhood in Fresno California, through a career at a chilly New England prep school, and on to life in Manhattan, where she finds a sometimes dissipated, sometimes glamorous life of fourteen-dollar cocktails, empty cupboards, and extravagantly unsuitable men.
In this witty and affecting debut, the real-life Katherine Taylor chronicles the moment when you stop waiting for things to happen, and go in search of them yourself.
“A delightful amuse-esprit--a delicious light morsel of a story that tantalizes and whets the appetite for more.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Bursts of brilliant dialogue and description illuminate many already bright scenes from California to Massachusetts to Rome, from teenage through 20-something. Taylor's story moves far and fast and is engaging and entertaining at every point.” —The Boston Globe
“A finely crafted debut novel.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Rules for Saying Goodbye is a treat. . . . Reminiscent of Melissa Bank's The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing. Now there are two savvy, witty novels about--we'll go ahead and say it--young women coming of age. You got a problem with that?” —The Daily News (New York)
“A delightful debut.” —Vogue
“Taylor is not only a natural storyteller but a fabulously bitchy wit. Reading her feels like a marathon gossip with one's cleverest, loveliest, and oldest friend.” —The Times (London)