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Catch My Drift is An Atlantic Books Today Editor’s Pick

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Advance Praise for Catch My Drift:

“With rare insight and great sensitivity, Genevieve Scott’s Catch My Drift tells the story of a family through the small but significant moments that make up their lives.  As the years unfold Scott traces lines of estrangement and connection, and composes an affecting portrait of motherhood and daughterhood.  These characters will linger in your memory, because they feel so real, so true, and so richly observed.”

— Alix Ohlin, author of Inside

“Genevieve Scott’s Catch My Drift is a brilliant novel in linked stories, a mother/daughter tale like none I’ve read before. Scott writes with a sharp beauty that leaves me not just breathless but wanting more. I love her prose.”

— Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda

“Like the best contemporary novels, Genevieve Scott’s Catch My Drift is alchemical. Scott harnesses the flinty realism and breathtaking prose of short fiction, mixes it with the emotional urgency and scope of a layered intergenerational drama and creates a compelling and thoroughly original portrait of the modern family. Rendered with sensitivity and insight, Catch My Drift is elegant, ambitious and tender, a rare novel in which an entire family comes of age.”

— Nancy Lee, author of The Age

“At the heart of this sad and moving book is a mother-daughter story that feels as real as anything I’ve read for long time.”

— Cary Fagan, author of A Bird’s Eye

“Like the best swimming novels, CATCH MY DRIFT is not really about swimming at all. Rather, Lorna (the protagonist adrift) uses swimming to imbue her life with meaning and purpose. She ties her identity to her sport in the same way her daughter later looks to tennis — its discipline, its structure, its external validation — to tell her who she is. In Lorna’s struggles with marriage, motherhood, infidelity, and heartbreak, Genevieve Scott explores life’s biggest existential questions in deceptively effortless prose. Despite the best laid plans, rather than swimming to glory, Lorna ends up piecing together a life from a one night stand. Scott has created a vibrant, complex, and ultimately lovable family. Lorna and her drug-taking, wayward son, her tennis-playing daughter, and her philandering, cult-joining ex-husband are messed up and struggling and flawed, but I fell head-over-heels for them and rooted for them every page of the way. Like Caroline Adderson’s Ellen and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, Scott’s Lorna is achingly human and fully alive on the page. Genevieve Scott’s debut fiction is raw and real and packed with wisdom. I happily devoured CATCH MY DRIFT in a single sitting.”

— Angie Abdou, author of In Case I Go