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Publisher's Summary

Told in three distinct, brilliantly interlocking narratives, Leigh Gallagher’s Who You Might Be is a fiercely original debut audiobook that takes listeners from 1990s Southern California to a UFOlogist holdout in the Nevada desert, the graffiti underworld of Detroit, and the self-important Brooklyn art scene to present an unflinching examination of trauma.

It’s the dawn of internet culture when adolescent friends Judy and Meghan run away for the weekend, determined to meet up with Meghan’s online chatroom friend Cassie, a master of the eating disorder tricks Meghan is only starting to employ. The trip becomes dramatically derailed when the girls realize that Cassie not only isn’t home, she may not even have been the one chatting with them. Before its end, the girls will learn startling things about both the dangers that lurk in plain sight, and each other.

Meanwhile, across the country, the newly graduated Caleb and his introverted younger brother, Miles, both feel completely alienated after their mother relocates the family to Ann Arbor, Michigan, from the comparatively glamorous Bay Area. Caleb starts filling his empty hours roaming a blighted Detroit, where he befriends Tez, a gifted graffiti writer whose complicated past soon puts Miles in jeopardy.

Years later, these seemingly unrelated stories collide in 2016 Brooklyn in an astonishing, unforgettable finale. Peopled with precisely drawn, indelible characters pushed to great extremes, at its core, Who You Might Be investigates the myriad ways we confront or deny power and trauma, and how, ultimately, we find the resilience to determine for ourselves who we might be.

A Macmillan Audio production from Holt.

©2022 Leigh Gallagher (P)2022 Macmillan Audio
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

Critic Reviews

“A mesmerizing, incandescent novel by a writer of seemingly limitless ability. I read it with my heart beating at a different register because I knew I was in the presence of a writer who knows how to match an acrobatic and singular use of language to the density of human complexity. Gallagher enlivens worlds and characters with an observational eye and ear tuned to frequencies most of us don't see and hear.” (Marisa Silver, author of The Mysteries and Mary Coin)

Who You Might Be is a brilliant, splintery coming-of-age novel that perfectly captures the nervous thrum of adolescence and the unnerving fragility of adulthood. Gallagher is so acutely attuned to the lies (and secrets) we tell (and keep from) ourselves and others. A dazzling debut that puts me in mind of Emma Cline and Rachel Kushner.” (Peter Ho Davies, author of A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself)

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