Camille Pagán is the author of the bestselling novel Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which was recently optioned for film by Jessica Chastain’s production company Freckle Films, and the international bestselling novel The Art of Forgetting.
In her forthcoming novel, FOREVER IS THE WORST LONG TIME she unfurls the story of a struggling novelist who, at the end of his life, writes to his child about his relationship with her mother, deftly examining this notion: Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.—Socrates
James Hernandez’s dreams always seem just out of reach: he can’t finish that novel, can’t mend his relationship with his father, and can’t fully commit to a romantic relationship. He’s also been in love with his best friend Rob’s wife Louisa (Lou) for a decade and can’t seem to move past his desire. It’s crippling. But after betrayal fractures Lou’s once-solid marriage, she turns to James for comfort. Acting on their mutual attraction they make what they both deem is a bad decision, the consequences of which are more heartbreaking—and miraculous—than either of them could have imagined. Then life throws James one more curveball, and he, Rob, and Lou are forced to come to terms with the unexpected ways in which love and loss are intertwined and questioning whether a so-called mistake can truly be called that if it places you on the same path as those you love most.