Everything’s fine


When Jess, a liberal Black woman, falls reluctantly, complicatedly, deeply in love with Josh, a preppy white conservative, she is forced to ask herself whether love can overcome two very different ways of seeing the world

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‘A mash-up of Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld and Assembly by Natasha Brown’ ELIZABETH DAY
‘Stunning’ MEG MASON
‘Plain funny as hell’ ZAKIYA DALILA HARRIS
‘Our most explosive discussion yet . . . The PERFECT book club book’ Casual Readers Book Club

What have you got to lose when you fall in love?

When Jess first meets Josh at their Ivy League college she dislikes him immediately: an entitled guy in chinos, ready to take over the world. Meanwhile Jess is almost always the only Black woman in their class. And Josh can’t accept that life might be easier for him because he’s white.

After graduating, Jess and Josh end up working together in the same investment bank. As they lunch, spar and pick each other’s brains, Jess begins to see Josh in a different light.

Soon, their tempestuous friendship turns into an electrifying romance that shocks them both, and Jess finds herself questioning who she really is and whether she’s willing to compromise that for love.

Cecilia Rabess’ Everything’s Fine is an utterly original and deeply moving take on an age-old question from a dazzling new voice: what have you got to lose when you fall in love?

‘Whip smart’ KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE, author of The Mercies
‘A subtle, ironic, wise state-of-the-nation novel’ NICK HORNBY, author of High Fidelity
‘A brilliantly observed novel about what it means to lose yourself as a young woman’ NINA STIBBE, author of Love, Nina
‘Original, confident, hilarious’ SATHNAM SANGHERA, author of Empireland
‘Characters so real that I felt preoccupied with them when I wasn’t reading’ CURTIS SITTENFELD, author of Romantic Comedy
‘Entertaining and acutely smart’ ELIZABETH DAY, author of Friendaholic

Additional information

Weight 0.45 kg
Dimensions 22.4 × 14.6 × 3.5 cm










Hardback original


813.6 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K