Us, in Pieces

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Us, in Pieces


Us, in Pieces is a daring and wildly imaginative novel, a coming-of-age story that is both timely and timeless.

—Hannah Pittard, author of Visible Empire and Listen to Me


Us, in Pieces is a fresh and witty love story that follows two old friends into the unforgiving and wild terrain of the heart.

In college, Lilly Jameson and Adin Driscoll were as close as friends could get, until Lilly leaves unexpectedly and without explanation at the end of their sophomore year. Nearly ten years pass without contact until a sudden invitation from her parents brings them back into each other’s lives. Old, unspoken feelings resurface, and they take a gamble on their limited time together: they will be a couple for forty-eight-hours, and then go back to their own separate lives—no strings attached.

But when Adin returns to his life in Columbus, Ohio, and Lilly to Denver, Colorado, they find themselves unable to move on. They soon discover that who the other person was and who they’ve each become is as unclear as the sort of life they could build together.

Are they really the ones they’ve been waiting for all their lives? Will they each risk the wildly different lives they’ve begun creating for themselves?  Can they bridge a lost decade to rekindle a life-long love and share a future they’ve only dreamed of?

Told in sparkling prose in the alternating voices of Adin and Lilly, this beautifully crafted, tightly woven, debut novel is an exhilarating roller-coaster ride. Us, in Pieces is an enduring love story across generations.

Listen to Tasha Cotter discuss Us, in Pieces with Brian Frye during an interview originally broadcast on 88.1 fm WRFL Lexington, Kentucky, on July 30, 2019. Also, available as an Apple Podcast and on Spotify.

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From Inside the Book

“We think we grow wiser and more mature, only to be knocked back by life and suddenly I’m no wiser than I was at eighteen, sitting on our bench on the college quad…”

Author Bios

Tasha Cottter

Tasha Cotter is the author of three books of poetry. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, she is a recipient of grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Center, and the University of Kentucky Women’s Forum. She makes her home on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Us, in Piecesis her debut novel. Follow her on Instagram @tashcotter,  Twitter @tashcotter, and Facebook at Tasha cotter – Author.