A Likely Story


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$27.99  $26.03
Atria Books
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6.2 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Leigh McMullan Abramson has worked as a lawyer and a journalist. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. A Likely Story is her first novel. Leigh lives in New York City and Vermont with her husband and children.


"I loved this sharp, multi-layered tale about the highly combustible relationship between love and ambition. Filled with family secrets, pitch-perfect details, and engagingly complex characters, it kept me hooked from page one." --Alexandra Andrews, author of Who is Maud Dixon
"A dishy, sophisticated story about an aspiring novelist whose greatest influence (and hindrance) is her own famous father. Moving, enraging, and utterly romantic, A Likely Story is literary gold." --Courtney Maum, author of The Year of the Horses
"Told as a novel-within-a-novel, A Likely Story is a subtle unfolding of a life led living with a celebrity and the struggle to shine on one's own merits." --Authorlink
"Abramson's clever debut... lands as a thought-provoking meditation on family." --Publishers Weekly
"In Abramson's psychologically rich and engrossing debut, the lives of New York literati are rendered in pitch-perfect, delicious detail, as a hidden manuscript exposes a web of family secrets--and inspires an audacious deception. A Likely Story is a testament to the power of fiction not just to imitate life, but to control it. I couldn't stop reading." --Jonathan Vatner, author of Carnegie Hill and The Bridesmaids Union
"A Likely Story is a literary page-turner and a thoroughly modern story of family mistakes and redemption that I couldn't put down." --KJ Dell'Antonia, New York Times bestselling author of The Chicken Sisters
"A standout debut about family, secrets, and the costs of protecting a precious legacy. Abramson skillfully captures the idiosyncrasies of the New York artistic elite and then rips the veil away, revealing characters who are raw, complex, and utterly unforgettable." --Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace
"Such a rich, clever story about the pitfalls of loving a celebrity." --Tracey Lange, New York Times bestselling author of We Are the Brennans
"In a novel largely about the creation of novels, McMullan Abramson avoids the pitfalls of jargony writing for the in-crowd and instead crafts a universal story about family, dreams, and the stories that linger long after we are gone. Complex characters weigh the benefits of sacrificing their morals to achieve a lasting legacy in this well-told tale."--Kirkus

"Wry, wise, and propulsive, A Likely Story is punctuated with fragments of a compulsively readable book-within-a-book about a woman determined to steal back the spotlight from a man who has cheated his way to the top."--Belletrist

"A Likely Story expertly unpacks the lives of a famous author, his wife, and their daughter, alternating their narratives with a novel of unknown origin. A smart, keenly-observed look at celebrity, sacrifice, and secrets that is absolutely riveting."--Seira Wilson, Senior Editor of Amazon