Idlewild by James Frankie Thomas

Staff Pick

Set at a New York private Quaker school just after 9/11, this delightful tale alternates among the perspectives of Fay, Nell, and their occasional conjoined form, the F&N unit, a charming we/us/ours narrator. These overly attached high school seniors are endearing, annoying, and caught in something of a three-sided queer love rectangle that is just as confusing as it sounds. Over the course of the book, we watch the wax and wane of a passionate and naive friendship, fractured by mutual misunderstanding and self-discovery. Fay’s and Nell’s collective (and separate) coming of age is tremendously funny, acutely painful, very '00s and deeply New York. Highly recommend this one.

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ISBN: 9781419769146
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 12th, 2023