“Meri Weiss writes beautifully of love and death in a family, which, in her careful hands, becomes everyone’s family. And the heart that beats beneath her cool wit is everyone’s sacred heart. Enter a full-blown novelist.”
— Roger Rosenblatt, Author of Lapham Rising and Beet
In this luminous debut novel about a young woman putting her life back together after the death of her brother, Meri Weiss explores hope after heartbreak, and the myriad ways that those we love can make us whole again.
Growing up, Alexandra and her older brother Ashley were never close. Her decision to move into Ashley’s Upper West Side apartment to care for him during his final months surprises everyone, but it can’t erase the guilt Alex feels due to the years they wasted. Now, four years after his death, with a bout of depression behind her, Alex feels fragile but no longer broken. As for normal—only with her roommate and best friend, Jordy, and her lifelong friend, Jax, can she feel anything close to that.
Then Alex’s therapist, Sam, bequeaths her a cryptic message that changes everything. The note reads, simply, “You’re missing a piece of yourself.” At Sam’s funeral, Alex meets Tucker—the charming son of one of New York’s wealthiest businessmen. As their romance deepens, Tucker tries to draw Alex out of her safety zone. But is Tucker the key to Sam’s riddle, or is the real answer still waiting to be found?
At once humorous and heartbreaking, and peopled with deftly rendered characters, Closer to Fine is an exquisite first novel about love, loss, and self discovery, written with uncommon verve and grace.