'Hilarious, heartbreaking, truthful and bold' Dolly Alderton
Meet Olivia Galvin.
She knows she's lucky. There's the handsome husband. The sounds-pretty-good-on-paper job. A house they can just about afford. Loving, intrusive and completely bonkers extended family. Plus, she's having more sex than she's ever had in her life.
But the one thing she really wants seems to be the one thing she just can't seem to have...
Capturing the stress, sex and sometime hilarity of trying for a baby, Olivia's all-too-familiar battles with modern life make her question whether having it all is ever really worth it.
Praise for Trying:
'Side-splittingly relatable' Bryony Gordon
'God it's powerful . . . Emily Phillips writes about love beautifully' Marian Keyes
'A deeply moving and raw story, told with great humour. An assured debut' Louise O'Neill
'Marian Keyes for the social media age' Sunday Telegraph
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this warm, hilarious, and sometimes heart-breaking debut, we join married couple Olivia and Felix as they fumble through the ups and downs of trying for a baby. From workplace drama to waxing shenanigans via ‘unsexy’ sex scheduled with an iCal invite, Trying will have you laughing, crying, and nodding in recognition. This energetically uplifting novel is a fiercely honest portrayal of attempting to conceive. Journalist Emily Phillips writes with sharp humour and the endearing intimacy of a lifelong friend. We’ve found a new favourite author.
Eight years after a cinematic meet-cute sparked a passionate romance, Liv and Felix's marriage begins to crack under the strain of trying (and failing) to procreate in Phillips's mixed if bittersweet debut. The couple moved to the London suburbs with their two cats, assuming that a baby was just around the corner. A year and a half later, their friends have had their own child and are at work on the second, but Liv and Felix are trapped in a monotonous routine of dull sex and monthly disappointment. The perfect life Liv had always imagined now appears unattainable as she struggles to balance her absent husband, her overbearing mother, her demanding job, and her sexy new boss. On top of it all, Liv finds time to meet with doctors, fertility specialists, and even an acupuncturist, though eventually her resolve starts to flag. Ultimately, she must decide how she really feels about a baby and her marriage, and their potential for making her happy. Cluttering the narrative are screenshots of iPhone notes, lengthy email and text conversations, and interviews for a film Liv's making that never materialize into anything. The attempts at comedy don't always land, often coming across as more sad than funny. Still, Liv's voice is refreshing and her character believably flawed, which compensates for the story's less successful elements.