Out of Love is a bittersweet romance told in reverse. Beginning at the end of a relationship, each chapter takes us further back in time, weaving together an already unraveled tapestry, from tragic breakup to magical first kiss. In this dazzling debut Hazel Hayes performs a postmortem on love, tenderly but unapologetically exploring every angle, from the heights of joy to the depths of grief, and all the madness and mundanity in between. This is a modern story with the heart of a classic: truthful, tragic, and ultimately full of hope.
Out of Love begins at the end. “Angel” and Theo call it quits after nearly five years, and all the standard breakup questions arise. What did she ever see in him? How could they have spent so long together? When did they fall out of love? Were there good times before the bad? These are the questions to obsess over when a relationship ends, even when obsessing can do no good. But instead of moving forward through the emotional fallout of a breakup, Hazel Hayes takes us back in time, mining their history for days and details to try to understand love, and why it sometimes falls apart.