Our Bookseller Says:
“Incisive and infuriatingly honest, this a book with prose that hums and a character whose coming-of-age forces both her and the reader to reckon with the social themes of our time.
We follow Sneha through an obsessive and toxic relationship with her girlfriend (and whiteness in general) as she finds herself and her family, her friends who are self-aware and forgiving, meeting Sneha where she is even when her views can be both questionable and offensive, when she, in the privilege she does have, hasn’t interrogated the beliefs she was told to ingrain.
Sneha has a complex inner world, many of her actions (or avoidance of acting) rooted in an interrogation of what the American Dream steals from immigrants, what it gives to those who uphold its existence, and what it costs everyone.”
“An extraordinary novel, spiny and delicate, scathingly funny and wildly moving.” —Lauren Groff, author of Matrix
“Sarah Thankam Mathews’ prose is undeniable.” —Raven Leilani, author of Luster
From a brilliant new voice comes an electrifying novel of a young immigrant building a life for herself—a warm, dazzling, and profound saga of queer love, friendship, work, and precarity in twenty-first century America
Graduating into the long maw of an American recession, Sneha is one of the fortunate ones. She’s moved to Milwaukee for an entry-level corporate job that, grueling as it may be, is the key that unlocks every door: she can pick up the tab at dinner with her new friend Tig, get her college buddy Thom hired alongside her, and send money to her parents back in India. She begins dating women—soon developing a burning crush on Marina, a beguiling and beautiful dancer who always seems just out of reach.
But before long, trouble arrives. Painful secrets rear their heads; jobs go off the rails; evictions loom. Sneha struggles to be truly close and open with anybody, even as her friendships deepen, even as she throws herself headlong into a dizzying romance with Marina. It’s then that Tig begins to draw up a radical solution to their problems, hoping to save them all.
A beautiful and capacious novel rendered in singular, unforgettable prose, All This Could Be Different is a wise, tender, and riveting group portrait of young people forging love and community amidst struggle, and a moving story of one immigrant’s journey to make her home in the world.