The Old Place


Product Details

$27.00  $25.11
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publish Date
6.2 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Bobby Finger is a writer and co-host of the popular celebrity and entertainment podcast, Who? Weekly. A Texas native, he lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Old Place is his debut novel.


One of:
Washington Post's 10 Noteworthy Books for September
Town & Country's 45 Must-Read Books of Fall
Vulture's 25 Notable New Releases
Nylon's September 2022 Must-Read Book Releases
Lambda Literary's Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature Picks for September
Arlington Magazine's 10 New Books to Read in September
Kirkus Review's 150 Most Anticipated Fall Books
LitHub's Most Anticipated Books of 2022

"Reading Finger's playful portrait of the denizens of a small Southern town embracing and forgiving their many flaws feels like laughing with your best friend while sipping sweet tea on the back porch." -Washington Post

"[A] heartwarming tale of friendship and what happens when we stop carrying secrets that weighed us down for years." -Town & Country

"The first novel from Who? Weekly co-host Bobby Finger carries his dry buy affectionate voice, which comes through just as strongly here as it does over AirPods." -Vulture

"A cozy read full of humor that understands the complicated dynamics of small town life." -Arlington Magazine

"A heartwarming story." -San Antonio Report

"Unforgettable...hits the rare and satisfying double note of harrowing and delightful...At its heart, The Old Place is about the way people relate to one another: family, neighbors, new and old friends. The messiness, pain and grace of these relationships are candidly portrayed in a story that will inspire laughter and tears, making this debut a memorable achievement indeed." -Shelf Awareness

"Finger writes this town, and each of his characters, with deft tenderness. To read The Old Place is to be thoroughly immersed in a place you can't help but love." -LitHub

"Mary Alice Roth is a jigsaw puzzle of a character, as complicated as any Henry James hero....Finger handles the nature of Kenny and Michael's friendship and the town's reaction with unexpected nuance, showing the problematic confusion in how people see themselves, see others, and assume they are seen by others....A surprising page-turner--homey, funny, yet with dark corners of anger and grief." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Billington, Texas, might be a small town, but readers of Bobby Finger's exquisite debut novel...will quickly fall in love with this boondock burg and its make-you-laugh, break-your-heart characters...One of the most remarkable things about The Old Place is how Finger, a 30-something Texas native and Brooklyn podcaster...has so superbly captured the hearts and souls of this trio of 60-ish women. The novel is an extended meditation on the great joys and enduring heartaches of long-term relationships--and the hard work that's required to maintain these bonds....Finger has created his own kind of Lake Wobegon: a vibrant literary locale that readers will be loathe to leave. Here's hoping for more tantalizing, tempestuous tales." -BookPage (starred review)

"Engaging...Finger has a firm handle on Billington's complex and stifling social dynamics. Fans of small-town yarns will find much to like." -Publishers Weekly

"Cozy, enthralling, and driven by complex, endearing women, The Old Place explore the mysterious act of realizing the worst in oneself and pushing forward anyway." -Booklist

I loved being inside this skillful novel--at the planning parties for church fundraisers, learning to drive with a can of beer in the cupholder, and in the heads of some wonderfully tangy old Texan ladies. Bobby Finger has built a rich world in The Old Place, and I will think of it every time I make toast. --Emma Straub, author of All Adults Here

The Old Place is a wry but affectionate portrait of small-town life, its complicated rites and alliances, its various absurdities, and, most importantly, its people. Bobby Finger's debut is funny and genuinely moving--an utter charmer. --Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind

"With a wise and kind heart, Finger has written a novel as full of memorable characters, secrets, and epic family drama as any small town. Book clubs are going to love this vibrant debut." -J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota

Bobby Finger's The Old Place is a wryly funny, bittersweet, emotionally generous novel. I missed the characters so much when it was over, and wished I could read another book about them all. It's a heck of a debut. --Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins and I Came All This Way to Meet You

"Bobby Finger's The Old Place is an absolute delight. Set in a small Texas town where nothing changes--until everything does--it offers up an unforgettable cast of hilarious characters who prove that life is one helluva ride no matter how many curves there are in the road. Finger's talent as a writer are on full display in this fantastic novel that is overflowing with humor and warmth." -Isaac Fitzgerald, author of Dirtbag, Massachusetts

Bobby Finger has written an enchanting, mesmerizing novel with all the warmth and community of Texas in The Old Place. This novel is a salad-spinner of family drama, long-held secrets, and heartbreak that hollowed me out and filled me back up with hope. I felt at home in these characters as I read: devastated for their losses and hopeful for their unification. It is a wonderful thing to find a novel that allows for both the complexity and the beauty of love--be it familial, romantic, or platonic. Finger writes it all beautifully, boldly, and deftly. --Kelsey McKinney, author of God Spare the Girls

"Bobby Finger's debut novel is so charming, so warm-hearted, and so thoroughly luminous I never wanted it to end--just like I never wanted to leave the small-town Texas he so lovingly renders here. This book made me homesick for a place I've never been." -Katie Heaney, author of The Year I Stopped Trying