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For readers of Ottessa Moshfegh and Mona Awad, this fearless debut chronicles one woman’s escape into a world of obsessive imagination.
Bonnie Lincoln just wants to be left alone. To come home from work, shut out the ghosts of some devastating losses, and unwind in front of the nostalgic, golden glow of her favorite TV show, Three’s Company.
When Bonnie wins the lottery, a more grandiose vision—to completely shuck off her own troublesome identity—takes shape. She plans a drastic move to an isolated mountain retreat where she can re-create the iconic apartment set of Three’s Company and slip into the lives of its main characters: no-nonsense Janet Wood, pleasantly airheaded Chrissy Snow, and confident Jack Tripper. While her best friend, Krystal, tries to drag her back to her old life, Bonnie is determined to transcend pain, trauma, and the baggage of her past by immersing herself in the ultimate binge-watch.
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Ashley Hutson’s touching, offbeat debut novel asks whether it’s better to accept reality—or create one for yourself. Bonnie Lincoln’s had some hard times, so when she cashes in a billion-dollar lottery ticket, she opts to construct a fantasy world, namely, exact replicas of all the sets from the classic ’70s sitcom Three’s Company. Completely alone within the safe, reassuring confines of the show’s world, Bonnie tries living her life as each of the main characters, filling her escapist fantasy with unexpected discoveries about identity and gender. Hutson tells this unusual story with flashes of dark humor and moving insights about mental illness. One’s Company is a surprising and sensitive tale of grief, imagination, and survival.