Jillian Medoff's I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE considers the darker side of the choices we make — and their consequences. Eliot Gordon has what Alana wants: a loving partner, a daughter she adores, stepdaughters, sisters, a busy and fulfilling life. Then an old flame shows up... and, when the kids are in the water, Eliot faces an unthinkable choice. I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE might look like fluffy summer fun — and it is fun, witty and big-hearted — but it is also a thoughtful examination of the choices we make and the devastating prices we pay.
— Jennifer Weiner's Best Summer Reads for CBS Sunday Morning
A daringly sympathetic portrait of a stepmother forced to make an impossible choice.
— Vanity Fair
Families—even the best ones—are complicated. In her dazzling third novel, Medoff explores the myriad ways in which they both sustain and hinder us...Hilarious and heartwrenching, I Couldn't Love You More points up how our half-conscious choices often have long-lasting repercussions, and how, when it comes to love among family members, "there is no even-steven. There are only acts of grace, large and small, through which we reveal who we are."
— People magazine, 4/4 stars
When her long-lost first love re-enters her life, working mom Eliot must react quickly to sudden events or face losing her cherished household.
— Sacramento Bee
A gripping story of choices and second chances.
Eliot, a middle-aged working mom in a precariously blended family, has a chance encounter with her long-lost first love, Finn, that sets off a series of crises (real and existential) that threaten her carefully calibrated life in the Atlanta suburbs. Midway through the novel, a family day at the beach takes a nasty...turn that puts everything into perspective for Eliot. Life is all about choices, made and unmade.
— Atlanta magazine, Great Novels for June
Fun, smart, and warmhearted...
— O Magazine
Medoff's talent for characterization is evident in her latest novel, a richly layered tale about that complicated thing called family...Medoff's fully realized novel beautifully explores the most important relationships we create: as parent, as sibling, as spouse.
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred
In her third novel, Medoff produces another fallible, witty, realistic heroine with whom readers will identify. Eliot's biased and evolving narration brings the characters to life in this gripping story of personal growth. By turns hilarious and heart-wrenching, Medoff's honest writing and realistic dialogue make the book truly enjoyable, while a Sophie's Choice moment and its repercussions make it a real page-turner.
— ALA Journal, Booklist
Poignant...Medoff's exploration of fidelity, family, and parenthood provides a complex look at the difficult role of a stepparent." — Publishers Weekly
Every woman has one: the guy who got away. So what happens when he walks into your life again? If you were happy before—can you still make that claim? The choices we make — and the ones we don't make — form the backbone of Jillian Medoff's wonderful novel. These are characters you know, or might even have been, and their trials and tribulations are by turn devastating, hilarious, and painfully familiar.
— Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Sing You Home and House Rules
I Couldn't Love You More is a sheer pleasure to read. Boasting clear, beautiful writing and characters who could be people I know (and love), it's a gripping story that doesn't let up. But more than that, Medoff is that rare thing, a novelist brave enough to unleash the complex, strong emotions of which literature is made.
— Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man and The Astral
The incredibly talented Jillian Medoff is one of those authors whose storytelling is so honest it feels more like truth than like fiction. Funny, wrenching, suspenseful, and smart, I Couldn't Love You More is one of those books that stays with you long after you've finished the last page.
— Lauren Grodstein, author of A Friend of the Family
How well Jillian Medoff writes about love — familial and romantic — and how deftly she brings her heroine, Eliot, to an almost unbearably suspenseful climax. A deeply satisfying novel.
— Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves The Furniture and The House on Fortune Street
I Couldn't Love You More hits the universal truths, the deepest search for identity, family and belonging. This captivating page-turner draws readers right into the intricacies of the human heart.
— Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Birds of Paradise and Crescent
The witty and (sometimes) wise heroine of I Couldn't Love You More is an unmarried wife, a mother, a step-mother, a daughter, a sister, a would-be lover and she is approaching middle age. Need I say more? Jillian Medoff has written an honest and comic novel that is unflinching and tremendous with love.
— Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of The Scenic Route
Incisive, poignant, witty....How can a book be so harrowing and so acidly funny at the same time? I closed this addictive novel with a satisfied sigh.
— Jancee Dunn, author of Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had To Ask
A thoroughly involving and intimately real portrait of a blended family in crisis. Jillian Medoff takes you inside the mind of a narrator undergoing life-changing events, and the voice in her head could be yours.
— Janice Erlbaum, author of Girlbomb and Have You Found Her
Unflinching in its honesty, I Couldn't Love You More is an intimate story of contemporary family love — with all its maddening and miraculous complexities. Jillian Medoff's writing dazzles the brain, cracks up the funny bone, and breaks open the heart. Her characters are so realistically layered, you'll sometimes want to hug them and sometimes want to shout at them, but you'll never want to forget them."
— Sere Prince Halverson, author of The Underside of Joy