In Some Other World, Maybe

by Shari Goldhagen

St. Martin’s Press, 2015

Winner of the January 2015 Elle Reader's Prize


On a December day in 1992, three sets of teens sit in darkened theaters watching the film version of a Guardians of the Galaxy-esque comic book called Eons & Empires. Over the next two decades, their lives will intersect in ways romantic, humorous, and heartbreaking. In Some Other World, Maybe is an engrossing second novel from Goldhagen, a seasoned gossip columnist, whose insights into both Hollywood and the journalism industry inform and shape vivid backdrops for her cast of characters. --Entertainment Weekly 

“A fully self-possessed novelist, in command of large figurations, shrewd intelligence and wit, and a fine eye for the world and the American sentence.”
—Richard Ford

In Some Other World, Maybe beguiled me so much during recent flights that I forgot I was in the air! Engaging, entertaining, saucy, and poignant, this ingenious six-degrees-of-separation novel is one you'll be so happy you read. So much fun.”
—Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us

In Some Other World, Maybe is a beautiful, haunting, insightful novel… it’s nearly impossible to put down. It’s funny as hell—and deeply profound.”
—Nic Sheff, New York Times bestselling author of Tweak

...this title deserves a place on every library shelf.  Superb."--Library Journal, starred

"Witty and heartfelt"--Publishers Weekly

“Goldhagen follows up her winning debut novel with an equally engaging story of four young people whose lives intersect at pivotal moments. How the four characters cross paths is one of the high points of this six-degrees-of-separation novel. A highly relatable cast is another hook as the four face down difficulties with humor and a good deal of heart.”--Booklist

“Goldhagen spins a lyrical saga that finds an unusual balance between hip and wise, with unforgettable and utterly human characters at its heart. I will not soon shake this book.”
—Jillian Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls and Pretty

In Some Other World, Maybe is nothing less than an exploration of our hearts, the surprising places they lead us, the ways they break and the infinite ways they can heal. And it is an absolute delight of a novel, spilling over with questions of fate and choice, and characters so richly drawn and sympathetic, that the loves and struggles of an interconnected group of men and women felt as real and as essential to me as my own. It hijacked my life and vaulted me completely into Shari Goldhagen’s world.”
—Lauren Fox, author of Still Life with Husband and Friends Like Us

“Shari Goldhagen is one of those remarkable writers whose work simultaneously captivates the mind and captures the heart… This is a book filled with people so flawed and funny and heart-achingly familiar that, upon finishing, I felt that I was parting ways with a group of close and precious friends—I loved this novel.”
—Aryn Kyle, international bestselling author of The God of Animals  

About the Book

In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends—a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way.

Over the next two decades, these unforgettable characters crisscross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy. A razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America. 

About the Author

After serious pursuits of literature at Northwestern University (BSJ) and The Ohio State University (MFA), Shari Goldhagen went in a different direction and began stalking celebrities for The National Enquirer. It turned out she had a knack for sifting through celebrity trash, and she went on to work as a gossip writer and reporter for publications including Us WeeklyStar, and Life & Style. Her articles on pop culture, travel, and relationships have appeared everywhere—from Cosmopolitan to Penthouse. She has received fellowships and grants from both the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies, and is the author of the widely-praised novel Family and Other Accidents and the forthcoming In Some Other World, Maybe.

Other Books

Family and Other Accidents: A Novel