The Other's Gold

The Other's Gold

An insightful and sparkling novel that opens on a college campus and follows the friendship of four women across life-defining turning points

Assigned to the same suite during their freshman year at Quincy-Hawthorne College, Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret quickly become inseparable. The leafy green campus they move through together, the idyllic window seat they share in their suite, and the passion and ferocity that school and independence awakens in them ignites an all-encompassing love with one another. But they soon find their bonds--forged in joy, and fused by fear--must weather threats that originate from beyond the dark forests of their childhoods, and come at them from institutions, from one another, and ultimately, from within themselves.

The Other's Gold follows the four friends as each makes a terrible mistake, moving from their wild college days to their more feral days as new parents. With one part devoted to each mistake--the Accident, the Accusation, the Kiss, and the Bite--this complex yet compulsively readable debut interrogates the way that growing up forces our friendships to evolve as the women discover what they and their loved ones are capable of, and capable of forgiving. A joyful, big-hearted book that perfectly evokes the bittersweet experience of falling in love with friendship, the experiences of Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret are at once achingly familiar and yet shine with a brilliance and depth all their own.

Title:The Other's Gold
ISBN:9781984878496
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  • Celeste Ng

    A sharply-drawn portrait of a lifelong friendship, THE OTHER'S GOLD follows four young women bearing past traumas and navigating unimagined futures. With an uncanny eye for detail, Elizabeth Ames char...

  • Toni

    You're either going to love this book or hate it. If you fall in love with its compelling, engaging writing style and care for Alice, Margaret, Ji Sun and Lainey as they move from adolescence of their...

  • Katie B

    I'm finding it difficult to figure out what I want to say in this review because I thought this was just an okay read. I think if I would have connected more with the four main characters, this could ...

  • Zoeytron

    The bond formed between four young women in college continues to grow as they become adults. I had trouble relating to these women, neither actively liking nor disliking them. This had nothing to do w...

  • Michelle

    2.5 stars, rounding up. Two reasons: 1)It's a debut 2) I don't think what I disliked about this was the author's fault.This is another book that I have been anxiously awaiting for most of the year. Fo...

  • Kathryn in FL

    "The Other's Gold" examines the relationships between 4 young women as they enter adulthood at a small private, Northeastern college and develop their personalities and their identities. Though they a...

  • Sharon

    4.5 starsThe Other’s Gold is the story of four young women’s path to adulthood, with ordinary ups and downs elevated through lyrical prose, containing current political and social events seamlessl...

  • Joy Matteson

    This book was all kinds of crazy, in the best ways possible. Four women who become a close unit of friends in college each make one terrible mistake in this beautifully written book. These characters ...

  • Caroline

    ***NO SPOILERS***(Full disclosure: Book abandoned on page 50 [out of 335 pages].)The Other's Gold is the second disappointment I've read this year in one of my favorite sub-genres, academia. Academic ...

  • Haley ? Fangirl Fury ?

    A 2019 favorite and one of the best adult fiction books this mostly YA readers has read in a while! Elizabeth Ames' writing style completely sucked me in, and I just loved this story so much!...