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A perfect next listen for fans of Abbi Waxman and Katherine Center, Can’t Take It Back is a fast-paced and relatable debut telling the interconnected stories of four women over the course of a kindergarten school year.
Huddled on their favorite park bench in a quiet Seattle suburb, Holly, Avery, Zoe, and Sasha might look like they’ve got it all figured out – but there’s more to their stories than meets the eye.
When Avery’s husband Carter suggests they open up their marriage, she’s shocked and appalled – but could this new arrangement be the breath of fresh air she never knew she needed? Zoe and Aaron, whose connection has long been the standard by which their friends measure their own relationships, feel that their lives are taking them in different directions, but worry over how a divorce might affect their two young boys. Zoe turns to her best friend Holly for guidance, but as it turns out, this year has tested her own marriage to Jake in ways neither of them ever anticipated. And meanwhile, Holly’s sister Sasha – the no-nonsense PR executive and eternally single girl of the group – must decide if joining the ranks of motherhood is the right step for her.
Captivating and immersive, Can’t Take It Back is a deeply emotional novel that celebrates the complex bond of female friendships.
Listen to excerpts from each narrator:
MEET HOLLY – narrated by Ellen Archer
MEET AVERY – narrated by Elizabeth Evans
MEET SASHA – narrated by Suzy Jackson
MEET ZOE – narrated by Gabra Zackman
MEET JAKE – narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
What Others are Saying
“CAN’T TAKE IT BACK is the perfect escapist listen. From the first chapter, I was completely drawn into the story world. This plot is full of secrets, lies, and delicious twists…I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. Duran does a great job of capturing the nuanced complexities of both romantic and platonic relationships. “
Ashley Sands, author of “A Terribly Private Club”
“Duran’s debut is full of humor and heart. It’s a thoughtful, honest exploration of the female friendships that ground us through the ups and downs of life. How else could you get through an open marriage, a pending divorce and a budding relationship? A great listen for book clubs!”
Alison Hammer, author of “You and Me and Us”
“A beautifully moving story that celebrates how the power of sisterhood and friendship create the truest of bonds. With its true-to-life characters and the situations they find themselves in, CAN’T TAKE IT BACK is a wonderful, heartfelt narrative that ultimately proves how women support and lean on one another.”
Samantha Vérant, author of “The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux”
“Nicely balanced with real heart and substance, CAN’T TAKE IT BACK deftly explores the beauty of female friendships and the nuance of marriage.”
Alex Kiester, author of “In Her Skin”
“A wonderfully written, complex story about love and friendship with relatable characters that support and uplift each other.”
Anita Kushwaha, author of “Secret Lives of Mothers and Daughters”