[A] really clever plot….and Arch works it like a maestro. Fine writing, memorable characters, depth of feeling, and gripping drama—a real keeper.”
—KIRKUS REVIEWS, STARRED
“Part mystery, part love story, and wholly human, Attachments examines a number of themes which will resonate in the lives of parents, lovers, and friends . . . both the unbreakable and the irreparable bonds—the attachments—between us all.”
“Prior to reading this wonderful book, I had only known Jeff Arch’s body of work as a screenwriter, most famously for his Oscar-nominated Sleepless in Seattle. Now, with Attachments, Jeff brings his deep humanity, his unique and unmistakable voice, and his cinematic economy of style to this powerful story of love and betrayal and the possibility of forgiveness. With meticulous plotting and masterful language, he brings life and light to characters as real as they are unforgettable.”
—DAVID P. KIRKPATRICK, former production chief of Walt Disney Studios and president of Paramount Pictures
“Any book that makes you laugh and cry and think—even question your own life—is a book worth reading, sharing, talking about, and, yes, wishing you had written it yourself because it’s just that good. Jeff Arch’s glorious, gorgeous novel creates characters and moments that make us believe in love even if we’ve given up on it. I wish I had written it!”
—AMY FERRIS, author of Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis
“A deeply felt, intensely human story about love, loss, friendship, grief, and renewal, with people you’ll feel you’ve known all your life.”
—GIGI LEVANGIE, New York Times best-selling author of The Starter Wife and Been There, Married That
“I love it when I know from the fi rst page I’m in the hands of a master storyteller. From the opening moment, Jeff Arch’s well-plotted novel crackles with sharp dialogue, fully drawn characters, and a rich sense of time and place. I devoured Attachments.”
—RICHARD C. MORAIS, New York Times best-selling author of The Hundred-Foot Journey and Buddhaland Brooklyn
“There are plenty of novels about childhood friends and lovers, brought together in adulthood, only to learn explosive secrets about the others and themselves. But Attachments transcends them all . . . Letting each character tell his or her own tale, Arch has created people, not mere plot holders, and you'll follow them eagerly as they move through love, loss, acceptance and forgiveness. There’s a deep humanity and compassion running throughout the story—you’ll care about his characters, flawed though they are, really care. I loved Attachments.”
—JANE HELLER, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“Simply put, Jeff Arch is an excellent writer with a wry eye and attentive ear to the rub, hurt, and humor in human interaction. And Attachments is a reminder, in the best sense of that word, to all of his talents.”
—NOAH BENSHEA, international best-selling author of 29 books including the famed Jacob the Baker series
“Jeff Arch’s literary skills aren’t limited to screenwriting, as his first novel vividly demonstrates. The story of a romantic triangle at a Pennsylvania boarding school in the 1970s and the reverberations of those youthful relationships in its characters’ adult lives, it’s a fast-paced tale rich with sympathetic characters, cinematic scenes, and pitch perfect dialogue. Attachments is a revealing, heartfelt novel that should unite readers of literary and popular fiction in their admiration of its author’s considerable talents.”
—HARVEY FREEDENBERG, Independent Reviewer
“Attachments is a wise, emotionally astute, and deeply affecting novel about the bonds of love, loyalty and friendship that define us and test us throughout life. Jeff Arch's writing makes me want to slow down and linger. There is something for everyone in this story. I loved it.”
—CAROL MASON, best-selling author of After You Left
“This is not the conventional wisdom, but Jeff Arch is Exhibit A for the argument that screenwriters make excellent novelists. A venerable teacher has a stroke and calls out the names of students from long ago, and they need to see him, and of course there’s a complicated story with secrets that are about to be excavated. In other hands, Attachment grows up to be a Lifetime movie. But Jeff Arch wrote Sleepless in Seattle, and his novel is so much better than that—I didn’t read it, I saw it.”
—JESSE KORNBLUTH, novelist and editor
In Arch’s thoughtful novel, the past comes back to haunt three prep school friends.
Stewart “Goody” Goodman, Sandy “Pick” Piccolo, and Laura Appleby were fast friends—and a love triangle—at Pocono Prep in the 1970s. Seconds before a stroke erases his consciousness, their mentor, Dean Henry Griffin, calls out for Pick and Goody, setting everything in motion. (And then there is the Griffins’ adopted son, Chip.) Pick is now a very successful attorney married to Laura. They lost a child, which put extra strain on their shaky marriage. Goody literally fled the school after discovering Pick and Laura in bed, wrote a blockbuster book about the three of them, and then disappeared again. Eventually Goody, now a Zen Buddhist priest, is tracked down. The whole cast is assembled, and it’s clear that this “reveal” is what Dean Griffin desperately wanted in that last moment of consciousness. (Pick’s precocious son says it’s like the last scene in an Agatha Christie novel.) We’ll have to stop here, because any more would spoil a really clever plot. This is Arch’s first novel in a long writing career that began with his breakthrough, the screenplay Sleepless in Seattle. The characters are wonderfully drawn. Henry Griffin is the wise father figure that any troubled teen would kill for. Pick is a take-no-prisoners litigator in lifelong rebellion against his mobster father. Goody is a saintly figure but unbelievably believable (you have to be there). How they sort out their relationships with one another after the big reveal is worth the price of admission. These are all good, if flawed and complex, people. The narrative is from several shifting points of view (Laura, Pick, Chip, etc.) and goes back and forth in time between the ’70s and the present—and Arch works it like a maestro.
Fine writing, memorable characters, depth of feeling, and gripping drama—a real keeper.