Upcoming Event

Olivia Gatwood at Harvard Book Store


Whoever You Are, Honey: A Novel

in conversation with MAGGIE DOHERTY


July 25, 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 OLIVIA GATWOOD—author of New American Best Friend and Life of the Party, and the co-writer of Adele’s music video for "I Drink Wine"—for a discussion of her debut novel Whoever You Are, Honey. She will be joined in conversation by MAGGIE DOHERTY—author of The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s.

About Whoever You Are, Honey

On the Santa Cruz waterfront, every house is as flawless as the people inside—except for Mitty and her elderly roommate, Bethel. For ten years, Mitty has found refuge in their secluded existence after a traumatic adolescence. Now, they’re the oddball pair in the dilapidated bungalow, the last vestiges of a town taken over by the tech elite. But their lives are about to be irrevocably disrupted when a new couple, Lena and Sebastian, move in next door. Because on the quiet outskirts of Silicon Valley, nothing is off-limits, and what was once considered dystopia is now reality...

Sebastian is a renowned tech founder and Lena is his spellbinding girlfriend, seemingly floating through their luxurious life. But just like Mitty, Lena has her own secrets; she feels uneasy about her oddly spotty memory, and is growing increasingly wary of the way Sebastian closely controls their life together. As the two women begin to form a close friendship, they are finally forced to face their pasts—or lack thereof—which have overpowered their lives for far too long, and the urgent truths that could change everything.

A kind of Stepford Wives meets Grey Gardens for the age of artificial intelligence, Whoever You Are, Honey is gripping, seductive, and prescient as it dissects relationships between women, unpacks perfection and desirability, and explodes the intersection of passion, technology, and power.

Praise for Whoever You Are, Honey

Whoever You Are, Honey reads like a thriller, but it’s also a tender and searching exploration of what it means to inhabit a female body. The characters—wounded, wounding, and longing for a better world—will catch you up and carry you along with them.” —Kelly Link, author of The Book of Love

“Here’s a novel about the vastness of feeling and friendship—their unruliness a brilliant counterpoint to the glazed screens and aspirations of the modern world.” —Anna Metcalfe, author of Chrysalis

“Sharp, captivating, and apt—an intimate, pitch-perfect fable of the time, I immediately went back to the start.” —Yrsa Daley-Ward, author of The Terrible

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Maggie Doherty
Maggie Doherty

Maggie Doherty

Maggie Doherty is the author of The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The New Republic, and The Yale Review, among many other publications. She currently teaches in the Harvard English Department. 

Photo credit: Max Larkin

Olivia Gatwood
Olivia Gatwood

Olivia Gatwood

Olivia Gatwood is the author of two poetry collections, New American Best Friend and Life of the Party, and the co-writer of Adele’s music video for "I Drink Wine." She has received international recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. Her performances have been featured on HBO, MTV, VH1, the BBC, and more. Her poems have appeared in The Poetry Foundation, Lambda Literary, and The Missouri Review. Originally from Albuquerque, she lives in Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Michael Drummond

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