Publication Date: 11/05/2023 ISBN: 9781787334083 Category:

The Three of Us

Ore Agbaje-Williams

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 11/05/2023 ISBN: 9781787334083 Category:


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‘Funny and barbed, and the twists at the end had me shocked’ MONICA HEISEY, author of Really Good, Actually

WIFE. HUSBAND. BEST FRIEND. What if your two favourite people hated each other with a passion?

A nice house, a carefree life, a doting husband, a best friend who never leaves your side. What more could you ask for? There’s just one problem: your husband and best friend love you, but they hate each other.

Set over a single day, husband, wife and best friend Temi toe the lines of compromise and betrayal. Told in three parts, three people’s lives, and their visions of themselves and one another begin to slowly unravel, until a startling discovery throws everyone’s integrity into question.

‘Dazzling, dextrous and droll, this millennial noir is a taut exploration of culture and the politics of relationships’ BOLU BABALOLA, author of Love in Colour

‘Sharp, astute… Packs a serious punch’ YOMI ADEGOKE, author of The List

‘Wickedly enjoyable’ NAOISE DOLAN, author of Exciting Times

‘Has that elusive Sally Rooney style of writing’ STYLIST

Publisher Review

Deftly plotted and wickedly enjoyable. -- Naoise Dolan, author of EXCITING TIMES Unique and completely captivating, The Three of Us absorbed me. When I finished I wanted to go back and read it from the beginning again. -- Annie Lord, author of NOTES ON HEARTBREAK A treat of a debut. Agbaje-Williams has a gift of gliding between the sharpest driest humour and damning emotional revelations that incisively exposes the vulnerabilities, fallacies and messiness that line the relationships with those we are closest to. Dazzling, dextrous and droll, this millennial noir is a taut exploration of culture and the politics of relationships. -- Bolu Babalola, author of LOVE IN COLOUR Ore Agbaje-Williams has that elusive Sally Rooney style of writing: it seems simple and easy to do but is incredibly difficult to pull off. And so a tale of one woman, her best friend and her husband unfolds. The only problem? Said best friend and husband hate each other. Enjoy. * Stylist * An astute, composed and quietly hilarious observation of identity, marriage and friendship from a unique storyteller. -- Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People The Three of Us is a cunning (and often very funny) book, a wily and promising debut. -- Rumaan Alam, author of LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND Sharp, astute and wickedly funny - Ore Agbaje-Williams' sharp wit and perfectly realised protagonists make for a taut, darkly comic read that packs a serious punch. -- Yomi Adegoke, author of Slay in Your Lane and The List Explosive ... What rocked me was the naked examination of that coveted construct we call innocence ... The Three of Us read, wrote, and erased me. Then, it gave me back to myself, giggling and nodding my head. What a keen mind this story comes from. What a calm power this story holds. -- Robert Jones, Jr., author of THE PROPHETS A sharp, humorous, superbly entertaining novel exploring Black love and relationships and the conflicts and tensions that arise from jealousy, desire, control, and cultural expectations... Insightful and impressive. -- Jacqueline Crooks, author of FIRE RUSH [A] striking, often wickedly funny debut... Agbaje-Williams brilliantly captures the inner monologue as well as the conversational style of each of the three through which their whole cultural milieu takes shape around them... An original and potent comedy of manners with an ingenious final twist. * Kirkus, *Starred Review* * Devouring this bold, brilliant satire was refreshing and confronting and completely entertaining. So much is achieved in Agbaje-Williams' writing: the nuances that make even our closest relationships uncomfortable, the tension of a shifting perspective, the anarchy provoked by a single cunning comment. Beguiling and cutting and admirable - I loved it. -- Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of THE PUSH [A] unique novel... [with a] clever premise and definitely one that will provoke a lot of discussion. * Red, *Books to Look Out For 2023* * I'm obsessed. This is a masterful, at times familiar and relatable, yet ultimately disturbing portrayal of a friendship. Constantly surprising, often dark and at times sinister, it is without fail always entertaining and funny. -- Claire Kohda, author of WOMAN, EATING Funny, fresh and full of drama, not a word goes to waste in this extraordinary debut. -- Sophie Irwin, author of A LADY'S GUIDE TO FORTUNE-HUNTING Both wickedly entertaining and thought-provoking. I couldn't stop turning the page! -- Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, author of YINKA, WHERE IS YOUR HUZBAND? A witty comedy of manners about a wife, a husband and a best friend. Relationships fracture over the course of a single day as ambition, wealth and integrity are weaponized for personal gain. * i-D, Books to be Excited for in 2023 * Told in three parts, each voice as compelling as the next, three people's lives... If you didn't know already - we can't wait for this one. * Platinum, *Books to Look Out For 2023* * A deliciously comedy noir. * i *

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