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2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Award Semifinalist
2018 International Book AwardsWinner in Fiction: General
2017 IAN Book of the YearAward for Outstanding Women's Fiction
2017 Readers' Favorite GoldMedal for New Adult Fiction
2017 NYC Big Book AwardsWinner for Women's Fiction
2017 National Indie ExcellenceBook Awards Winner: Contemporary Fiction
2017 National Indie ExcellenceBook Awards Finalist: Women's Fiction
2017 Independent Press AwardsDistinguished Favorites: New Fiction
2017 Best Book AwardsFinalist: Best New Fiction

"The novel's construct of categorizing men'squalities according to a Utensil Classification System when looking for aromantic partner is memorable, wittily practical, and has the power toinfluence readers' real-life choices. For that, Forks, Knives, and Spoonsbreaks new ground." --The BookLife Prize "Reading 
Forks, Knives, and Spoons is like having your best girlfriend take youby the hand and tell you a story. A story you want to sit and listen to untilthe very end." --Ann Hood, New York Times bestselling author of The Book That Matters Most

"Leah DeCesare has a writer's voice that isremarkable for a debut novel. The characters in 
Forks, Knives, and Spoons are so relatable, and the story makes youlong for your own youth. A wonderful book about love and growth, discoveringwho you are, and what makes you happy." --Anita Hughes, author of Christmas in Paris

"What a warm, wonderful read! I fell in lovewith Leah DeCesare's wit and her relatable, human characters, who brought meback to that tender and occasionally heartbreaking time at the very cusp ofadulthood." --Cristina Alger, author of 
This Was Not The Plan
"I couldn't help but get nostalgic as I readthe charming and witty 
Forks, Knives, and Spoons. There is a delicious innocence and great fun inreading about young women seeking love and romance in a time before a left orright swipe had anything to do with dating. This book is full of heart andhopefulness." --Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Trouble with Lexie

Forks, Knives, and Spoons is the perfect marriage of wit, romance,and, above all, heart. DeCesare's writing is simply delectable and sure to wooany woman who has ever wondered if there is such a thing as Mr. Right."--Nicole Waggoner, author of Center Ring and The Act
"Leah captured me on the very first line,'There are three types of guys: forks, knives and spoons.' With imagination,highly relatable characters, and witty dialogue we are taken back to ouryouths--reevaluating and categorizing all of our crushes. A lovely story offriendship, love, and the amazing time between childhood and adulthood."--Dawn Lerman, best-selling author of 
My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family with Recipes, New York Times Well Blog columnist

"Leah DeCesare brings humor, warmth, and witto the timeless themes of female friendship, looking for love in all the wrong(and right!) places and the fine art of growing up. Any woman who has everdated will laugh their way through 
Forks, Knives and Spoons!" --Emily Listfield, co-founder, Jyst, thedating advice app on iTunes and author of Waiting to Surface

"Full of 1980's nostalgia, DeCesare'sambitious young women protagonists meet campus 'Forks, Knives, and Spoons' asthey navigate how to ultimately place themselves firmly at the head of theirown tables." --Ann Imig, Founder of Listen to Your Mother
"A book (and dating concept!) I had to stopreading multiple times to text my sisters, often snapping pics oflaugh-out-loud passages. The 80's nostalgia is spot on. High bangs? Yep. GeorgeMichael, Alex P. Keaton? Both. And when my laughter settled, my heart tookover. Fans of Sarah Jio, Allison Winn Scotch, Phoebe Fox, and Hannah McKinnonwill find a new favorite in Leah DeCesare." --MM Finck, Women Writers,Women's Books

2017 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Winner - Contemporary Fiction

2017 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist - Women's Fiction

From the Back Cover

There are three types of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is thefinal lesson that Amy York's father sends her off to college with, never suspectingjust how far his daughter will take this lighthearted advice. Clinging to her dad'sUtensil Classification System as a guide, Amy and her skeptical roommate navigateheartbreaks and romances. In college and beyond, they label guys as nerdy spoons,arrogant, player forks and husband-material, dateable knives. On the quest to findtheir perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves--and not to settle inlove or life.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ SparkPress (April 18, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 408 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1943006105
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1943006106
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
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Leah DeCesare is a TEDx speaker and the award-winning author of FORKS, KNIVES, AND SPOONS. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Eligible Magazine, Simply Woman, and The International Doula, among others. Leah is the co-founder of the nonprofit, Doulas of Rhode Island, and she led the fundraising efforts to build a medical center in Uganda. She earned her Master of Fine Arts at The Newport MFA.

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