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Liv Stratman: Cheat Day w/ Jami Attenberg

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"A smart escape — the kind of book you devour in a day or two, but not because it’s literary cotton candy." —Rachel Krantz, Buzzfeed

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A smart and funny debut novel about the unexpected consequences of one woman’s attempt to exert control over her entire life by adhering to a strict wellness regimen.

“Liv Stratman writes with such clarity, intelligence, and zip the Brooklyn debut novel is reborn in Cheat Day.” —Lorrie Moore

Kit and David were college sweethearts. Now married and twelve years older, they live in Kit’s childhood home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. While David has a successful career, jetting off on work trips to exotic destinations, Kit is stuck in a loop. She keeps quitting her job managing her sister’s bakery to seek a more ambitious profession, but fear of failure always brings her right back to Sweet Cheeks. Kit finds a fraught solace in cycling through fad diets, which David, in his efforts to be supportive, follows along with her. Their latest program is the Radiant Regimen, an intense seventy-five-day cleanse, and Kit is optimistic about embarking on a new chapter of clean eating and self-control.

But hungry in more ways than one, she soon falls into a flirtation with a carpenter named Matt who is building new shelves for the bakery kitchen. Unable to resist their mutual attraction, Kit and Matt fall into a passionate affair. Kit suppresses the guilt of her betrayal by adhering more and more strictly to the Radiant Regimen, pushing the diet, and her infidelity, to greater extremes.

Told in precise, intimate detail, Cheat Day is a sharply comic novel that explores family, loyalty, monogamy versus monotony, deprivation versus indulgence, and the limitations of modern wellness.

Liv Stratman's writing has appeared in Witness, Boston Review, and the Cincinnati Review. She earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A native New Yorker, Liv resides in outer Brooklyn, and is a proud alumnus of the bookseller team at Books Are Magic. Cheat Day is her first novel.

Jami Attenberg is the author of seven books of fiction. Her eighth book, a memoir called I CAME ALL THIS WAY TO MEET YOU: WRITING MYSELF HOME, will be published in January 2022.

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