First Chapters: ‘You Are One of Them,’ by Elliott Holt

Our latest First Chapter is from Elliott Holt’s novel, You Are One of Them. Thanks to Holt and The Penguin Press for sharing it with the Longreads community.

Published: Oct 17, 2013
Length: 11 minutes (2,854 words)

Longreads Best of 2012: Elliott Holt’s Favorite New Yorker Fiction

Elliott Holt‘s first novel, You Are One of Them, will be published by The Penguin Press in June 2013.

Read more guest picks from Longreads Best of 2012.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 20, 2012

The Norwegians

[Fiction] An adolescent girl’s discoveries about her beautiful, elusive mother:

“At the time, what I saw struck me as a strange dream, one that I managed to forget for many years. I was so angry with my mother for so long. Now I’m old enough to recognize the disillusion I saw dawning on her face that night. Happiness is elusive. I’ve learned you can become the kind of person you swore you’d never be. Your sense of self can slip out from under you. You can fall so far. She must have known it couldn’t last. Her eyes were closed against the future.”

Published: Feb 1, 2010
Length: 19 minutes (4,757 words)