A Very Inconvenient Scandal
Published by: MIRA
Release Date: November 14, 2023
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard comes a page-turning family drama that explores the emotional consequences of loyalty, deception and jealousy.
Stunned by her recently widowed father’s reckless behavior, a young woman must learn to navigate a new world—where the people she should trust the most have become strangers she cannot trust at all.
Frankie Attleboro returns home to Cape Cod with thrilling news. She’s met the love of her life, and they’re getting married with a baby on the way. That’s the moment her father makes his own jaw-dropping announcement: at sixty, he’s getting married as well, to Frankie’s best friend, Ariel, who is also pregnant, and due soon.
As Frankie and Ariel struggle to adjust to their new relationship, Ariel’s estranged mother, Carlotta, returns after a decade-long absence. She claims to be a changed woman—but is she really? And where has she been all these years? Frankie is suspicious, and as Carlotta’s unpredictable behavior intensifies, Frankie must untangle the threads of the past to protect Ariel’s future—and her own.
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“To write about those oldest of subjects—families, their secrets, their betrayals—and make them not only new but revelatory, it takes an absolute master of storytelling. How lucky for all of us that we have Jacquelyn Mitchard on the job! She writes, as always, with empathy, humor, and grace. This book is a scandalous delight.”
—Rebecca Makkai, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Believers, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
“From its astonishing opening to the marvelous, improbable vision of its final pages, A Very Inconvenient Scandal delivers one remarkable revelation after another. Readers will eagerly follow the willful and likeable Frankie as she struggles to accept the transformation of family and friends in the period after the death of her beloved mother, Beatrice. A tale of family skeletons, community secrets, and the enduring power of friendship and love, this delightful novel shows that it is possible to recover from and even triumph after loss.”
—Lan Samantha Chang, author of The Family Chao
“A Very Inconvenient Scandal is that rare mix of beautiful prose and terrifying suspense. I devoured it.”
—Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of the Terry Crosswhite series
“Only the brilliant Jacquelyn Mitchard could create a novel that’s both heartwarming and heartbreaking: the instantly iconic Attleboro family comes to life with its passions, obsessions, pitched battles, and struggles for love and acceptance. From laugh-out-loud clever to pages that you’ll read through tears, this thematically gorgeous novel will haunt you long after you close the final page. The story is irresistible—so just let the beautiful writing wash over you, heal you, and empower you. I loved it.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today Bestselling author of The House Guest
“The spectacular Jacquelyn Mitchard writes of the complexities of family life with wisdom and a keen eye in the riveting A Very Inconvenient Scandal. Frankie is an underwater photographer who finds the depths on dry land more challenging than those in the deep. This page turner will surprise you at every turn. The mysteries of the natural world and the human heart crescendo in the storytelling of the beloved American master.”
—Adriana Trigiani, author of The Good Left Undone
“A Very Inconvenient Scandal is an intricate story of love found in the entirely unexpected places. Jacquelyn Mitchard’s expert hand guides us through the twists and turns of a family drama that resonates with wit, warmth, and mystery. Is there a keener observer of human nature? I doubt it. Few writers can match Jacquelyn Mitchard when it comes to portraying the complicated layers of the ordinary heart. Love Among the Sea Monsters had me laughing out loud while also feeling the ache of the fragile desire to be loved.”
—Lee Martin, author of The Bright Forever, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
“Mitchard "offers an arresting exploration of a family's messy relationships. The characters and relationships are all smartly drawn, and the narrative is shot through with plenty of humor and scandal. Mitchard fans will lap this up.”
“An intriguing, twisty-turny tale of family secrets . . .”
“. . . plenty of fraught family dynamics and tension here to keep the pages turning as the story builds to a gratifying conclusion.”