Upcoming Event

Abigail Miles at Harvard Book Store


The Building That Wasn't

in conversation with ELANA GIBSON


August 6, 2024
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes local author ABIGAIL MILES for a discussion of her debut novel The Building That Wasn't. She will be joined in conversation by ELANA GIBSON—Associate Editor and Acquisitions Manager at CamCat Books.

About The Building That Wasn't

Everly is invited to visit a mysterious building, where she finds herself in a constant state of déjà vu, impossibly certain that she’s already lived through all these moments. She sets out to uncover the secrets of the building and its residents, only to discover more about herself than she was prepared to know.

When Everly Tertium encounters a strange man in the park claiming to be her grandfather, she is invited to visit a mysterious apartment building. There, she finds herself in a constant state of déjà vu, impossibly certain that she’s already lived through these moments, already been introduced to these people, and already visited all of these rooms and floors. So why does she have no idea what’s happening to her?

The longer she stays in the building, the more Everly becomes convinced there is more going on than meets the eye. Something is off, time seems to pass differently, and the people living there seem trapped. Slowly, Everly begins to wonder if she is trapped too. But would she even want to leave, if she could?

This story only ever has one ending.

Praise for The Building That Wasn't

The Building That Wasn’t is many things: a fable about belonging and curiosity, an exploration of an endlessly fascinating building, and a twisty sci-fi debut that leads readers through ever more mysterious doorways. Just like Everly Tertium, readers will find themselves torn between their desperation to know what happens next and the awareness that danger hides around every corner. Abigail Miles has created a novel that feels like the most engrossing dream.” —Sara Flannery Murphy, author of Girl One and The Wonder State

“Reminiscent of the mindbenders by Lauren Beukes, The Building That Wasn’t now lives rent-free in my head, no broker fees, first and last deposit down.” —Clay McLeod Chapman, author of What Kind of Mother and Ghost Eaters

“[T]antalizing and surreal . . . Miles takes her time teasing out the building’s bizarre powers, while the intrigue surrounding the origins of its otherworldly residents keeps the pages turning. This genre-bending mystery satisfies.” —Publishers Weekly

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Abigail Miles
Abigail Miles

Abigail Miles

Abigail Miles decided to dedicate her life to stories from a young age, leading first to majoring in creative writing in college and now to spending far too much of her time attached to her computer, composing stories and books. Abigail currently lives in Boston, where all her time (or very nearly all her time) is spent in some combination of writing books, reading books, and making tea to drink while writing and/or reading said books. Sometimes she does actual work, too. The Building That Wasn’t is her first novel.

Elana Gibson
Elana Gibson

Elana Gibson

Elana Gibson is the Associate Editor and Acquisitions Manager at CamCat Books, an independent publisher of genre fiction. She specializes in developmentally editing fantasy, science fiction, and young adult novels. Elana holds a BA in English and French from Grinnell College and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course. She lives in New Hampshire.

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