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Pub Date 26 Sep 2024 | Archive Date 11 Sep 2024

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Perfect for fans of Sally Rooney, Nick Hornby, David Nicholls, Louise Kennedy and Coco Mellors.

An unflinching and emotionally insightful debut about cultural identity, homesickness, love and loss.

In the five years following his brother's death, Aaron has built himself a life of solitary routines. After moving from Dublin to Boston, and illegally overstaying her visa, Róisín has done the same.

When the two meet on a night out, they each find in the other something missing in their lives. A semblance of home.

Their relationship is complicated by their disparate religious backgrounds - Aaron is Jewish; Roísín is atheist - and by the harsh realities of everyday life. Just as they're pushed to their breaking point, Roísín realises she is pregnant.

Placeholders is a poignant story of loneliness corrected and the transformative power of love.

Perfect for fans of Sally Rooney, Nick Hornby, David Nicholls, Louise Kennedy and Coco Mellors.

An unflinching and emotionally insightful debut about cultural identity, homesickness, love and loss.

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Advance Praise

'An incredibly assured debut novel - humane, heartfelt and beautifully observed. Roseman raises huge questions about identity, belonging and family, excelling in his depiction of the small, everyday exchanges which make or break a relationship. A quietly, powerful novel, from a writer I'm keen to keep my eye on'

- JAN CARSON, author of Quickly, While They Still Have Horses 

'There's no way around it: James Roseman writes beautifully. Confident, complex, moving, funny, Placeholders is a novel that makes a beeline to the heart. Time and again, I didn't want it to end'

- DECLAN TOOHEY, author of Perpetual Comedown 

'Placeholders is a beautiful debut. A quietly moving reminder that people, not ideas, are what make or break a home or a heart'

- SHEILA ARMSTRONG, author of Falling Animals 

'An intimate, unflinching, and, above all, heartfelt novel, the best debut I've read this year. Buy your Roseman stock early. I loved this'

- RONAN RYAN author of The Fractured Life of Jimmy Dice 

 'A subtle, beautifully written story of two young people trying to make a life – together and as individuals – under the pressures of late  capitalism… written with an unflinching tenderness' - LARISSA PHAM, author of Pop Song

'An incredibly assured debut novel - humane, heartfelt and beautifully observed. Roseman raises huge questions about identity, belonging and family, excelling in his depiction of the small, everyday...


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EDITION Paperback
ISBN 9780857308573
PRICE £10.99 (GBP)
PAGES 256

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