The Love That Split the World (Paperback)
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"A truly profound debut."—Buzzfeed
"A time-bending suspense that's contemplative and fresh, evocative and gripping."—USA Today
"Henry's story captivates, both as a romance and as an imaginative rethinking of time and space."—Publishers Weekly
"This time-traveling, magical, and beautifully written love story definitely deserves a spot on your bookshelf."—Bustle
Emily Henry's stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler's Wife and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we've left untaken.
Natalie's last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start . . . until she starts seeing the "wrong things." They're just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a preschool where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn't right.
Then there are the visits from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls "Grandmother," who tells her, "You have three months to save him." The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it's as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
About the Author
Emily Henry is full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. She tweets @EmilyHenryWrite.
"Henry’s story captivates, both as a romance and as an imaginative rethinking of time and space. The relationship between Beau and Natalie sizzles while also reflecting the innocence of first love, and the unfolding mystery of their changing realities is enough to keep readers turning pages.... Henry delivers a story with depth, originality, and complexity." –Publishers Weekly
“This story pairs a gorgeous narrative with exceptional voice for a truly profound debut.” –Buzzfeed
“A time-bending suspense that’s contemplative and fresh, evocative and gripping.” –USA Today
“This time-traveling, magical, and beautifully written love story definitely deserves a spot on your bookshelf.” –Bustle
"An utterly gorgeous and touching tale of love, hope and sacrifice; this novel broke my heart and then stitched it back together just in time to break it all over again. You will emerge breathless, longing for even a glimpse of those rolling bluegrass hills of Kentucky, and completely certain of the possibility of young love. I know I did." –Leslye Walton, author of the award-winning novel The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
“The Love That Split the World is a YA game changer. Every scene sizzles with emotional intensity, and Emily Henry’s pitch-perfect sentences will echo in my head for a long time to come.” –Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100
"With aching first love, stunning world-building and a supporting cast that beg for their own books, The Love That Split the World has everything a story needs to turn me into an obsessed reader, begging for more. I am absolutely in love!" –Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
“The sweet, summertime mist of small-town Kentucky sets the perfect stage for this authentic, magical, and oh-so-swoony debut. An evocative exploration of first love, identity and the power of story! A must read.” –Wendy Wunder, author of The Probability of Miracles and The Museum of Intangible Things
"A well-written piece of magic realism about the price we pay for daring to love, and the price we pay if we don’t." –Booklist
“It’s got all the ingredients of a riveting read, like time travel and a mythology twist.” –EW.com