Cousens, Sophie. This Time Next Year. Avon, 2020. ISBN 978-1787464940 pp. $16
I have this fantasy that my fiance, who has lived in proximity to me for half his life, and I have been doing a slow spiral towards one another our whole lives. I love the idea that when I was grooving to Bauhaus on goth night at Club Man-Ray in college, he was there, too; that while I was on the MBTA at 1am on NYE eve, he was a car away and caught my eye; that we were at the Science Museum or Boston Public Library on the same day. This feels a little like the novel I wish I’d written.
Baker Minnie and businessman Quinn’s lives have been intertwined since their mothers met while in labor New Year’s Eve. Minnie grows up thinking her lifelong streak of bad luck on NYE is related to Quinn being born a moment before her, claiming both her name and a financial prize for being the first child born in the New Year. When they finally met at age 30, Minnie is sure that Quinn has led a charmed life, but it turns out not to be true in spite of his career success. Their worlds collide in ways they never imagined.
Told in alternating points of view and moving back and forth in time with a very satisfying ending, this was a great novel to read at the end of one year and into the next.