A Novel Obsession

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5.43 X 8.19 X 1.02 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Caitlin Barasch earned her BA from Colorado College and her MFA from New York University. Her work has appeared in more than a dozen publications, including Catapult, Day One, The Forge, and Hobart. A former bookseller, Caitlin currently teaches creative writing at the Writers Circle. She was born and raised in New York and now lives in Brooklyn. A Novel Obsession is her debut novel.
A Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by BuzzFeed, The Millions, Goodreads, Bustle, BookRiot, and The Nerd Daily

"Barasch has a talent for balancing discomfort and empathy, pushing the reader away and pulling them right back.... The characters are emotionally engaging, beckoning you to rubberneck the inevitable train wreck."
--Associated Press

"Wow, if you're looking for a great book you'll be instantly obsessed with, A Novel Obsession hits the nail on the head--in both title and story.... I couldn't put this book down. It became a page-turner on my commute to work (both ways) and there won't be another one like it.... It's so spicy."
--New York Post

"A Novel Obsession easily holds a place as 'best book of the year' in my heart so far. It takes a sharp, thoughtful look at the depths of curiosity, obsession, and self-sabotage, and is bound to intrigue you from the very first chapter."
--Farrah Penn, BuzzFeed

"[A] withering debut."
--Harper's Bazaar, "The Best Beach Reads of 2022"

"Caitlin Barasch's writing overflows with humor, compassion, intrigue, and the chaos of identity. It overflows with life itself."
--Jonathan Safran Foer, New York Times bestselling author of Here I Am

"This book is a ride. An unruly study of fixation, performance, and the exquisite agony of anonymity."
--Raven Leilani, New York Times bestselling author of Luster

"At once a compassionate portrait of someone so desperate for intimacy that she can't help but sabotage it and an incisive study of female friendship at its most toxic and proprietary, this dread-laden psychological thriller is smart, jarring, and funny.... Propulsive storytelling and an irresistible narrator from a sharp new writer."
--Kirkus, starred review

"Barasch peels back the layers of [her character's] obsessive behavior and apparent emotional detachment to reveal a deeply damaged but utterly compelling young woman.... Barasch's suspenseful puzzle-box tale should appeal to readers of the You series by Caroline Kepnes."
--Booklist, starred review

"Naomi as a narrator is both entertaining and anxiety-inducing, as you know her actions won't culminate into a good ending. But you'll stay to see it through, in any case. This thriller can be both funny and smart and showcases such an unhealthy example of female friendship."

"[A] stunning debut.... A Novel Obsession is a story about people--at their best and worst. Plot aside, Barasch reminds us of a simple truth: everybody has a story."
--Rachel Schwartzmann, BOMB Magazine

"I've never met a more original plot than what I've page-turned with A Novel Obsession. A girl who's obsessed with her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend? Now you know that's going to be juicy! .... It's one of the best-written books you'll thank me later for recommending, too."
--New York Post

"I kept turning pages, myself obsessed, waiting to watch it all come crashing down around [the protagonist]--and I'm happy to report that the crashing was quite satisfying. I said this was a beach read for writers, but it's really a read for anybody who's interested in identity creation, flawed people doing creepy things and lonely women making choices."
--Emily Cataneo, Raleigh Magazine

"This is one of those beach reads that Edan Lepucki described -- it's one that will have you ignoring the ocean and, instead, immersing yourself in the depths and dangers of Naomi's insecurity-fueled obsession."
--The List, "5 Books That Must Go On Your Beach Vacation Reading List"

"Propulsive, unsettling and searingly funny, Barasch offers an unflinching (and often devastating) look at self-worth, loneliness and an entire generation's preoccupation with performance and control. A Novel Obsession is the most entertaining book I've read all summer."
--Ella Berman, author of Read with Jenna book club pick The Comeback

"Somehow simultaneously a high octane page-turner and a heartbreaking character study of a young woman so afraid of being alone, unloved, and uninteresting, that she can't help but leave behind claw marks on everything she grabs hold of. Barasch's genre-bending debut is inventive and electric, signaling the arrival of a bold new voice in fiction."
--Jean Kyoung Frazier, author of Pizza Girl

"An utterly captivating meditation on femininity, identity, desire, and art, A Novel Obsession is a ride and a revelation. I read it with my heart in my throat."
--Lauryn Chamberlain, author of Friends From Home

"A solid debut novel from Caitlin Barasch, in which she flips the script and has the actual girlfriend as the stalker . . . refreshing and different."
--Red Carpet Crash