“In this spirited, compulsively-readable, sophisticated tale of entangled urban lives, Aidan Donnelley Rowley has written a love letter to New York, full of sparkling innocence and its ensuing heartache. THE RAMBLERS is a pure delight.” (Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion and Still Writing)
Witty and engaging, The Ramblers takes us deep into the cloistered world of three New Yorkers, where privilege does not necessarily lead to happiness. Aidan Donnelley Rowley is an expert at revealing her characters with depth and care.” (Mira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing)
“Chock full of the crackling wit, irreverent humor and raw honesty [...] A whirlwind foray into the New York City that Aidan Donnelley Rowley knows and loves -- and writes-- so well.” (Allison Pataki, New York Times Bestselling author of The Accidental Empress)
“Aidan Donnelley Rowley’s finely honed prose creates a New York story that had me enchanted from the first flirtation. It’s not often that a book embeds you so deeply with the characters that you feel as if you are in the story.” (Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author of Those We Love Most)
“The Ramblers weaves a bewitching, wise tale of how love’s path may take unexpected twists and turns. [...] a deeply moving and elegant book about how we find ourselves and each other. It pulled me in with its first pages, and wouldn’t let go until the last.” (Sophie McManus, author of The Unfortunates)
“Rowley once again captures the bright dialog, urban and romantic insecurities, and stylish lifestyle of a group of appealing upper-echelon mid-30s Manhattanites who defy the jaded stereotypes and will have readers rooting for them as they stumble their way to happiness. Irresistible.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“Sharing that stage, though, is the natural world of Central Park, and the juxtaposition of the human noise against the quiet of the park gives the author’s view of New York an appealing depth.” (Booklist)
“vivid and charming…” (Publishers Weekly)
“…We’re calling it now, this one is going to be a best-seller and is a must-have for novel-lovers.” (Hello Real Life)
“This gorgeous second novel by Aidan Donnelley Rowley centers on three different people in Manhattan in the week leading up to Thanksgiving weekend. [...] Sprinkled with beautiful literary references throughout, The Ramblers is a must read for bibliophiles.” (POPSUGAR.)
“Over a week in New York City, a trio of friends-an heiress, a photographer, and an ornithologist (fun, right?)-support one another like family through hard times. Discuss with your gang over brunch.” (Glamour)
“Think Friends with a little more drama and no laugh track. About three twenty-somethings (a socialite, a newly rick techie...and a birdwatcher!) in NYC. Perfect for the long weekend.” (The Skimm)
“It’s elegantly written and sharply funny.” (Us Weekly)
“Three New Yorkers-a bird watcher, a type-A fixer, and an artist-try to navigate the zigzags of living and loving in the city during one crucial week.” (Cosmopolitan)
“A week of soul-searching and lovemaking among Yale alumni in New York... Enjoyable.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Clio, Smith and Tate would feel completely lost in the world, if not for their enduring friendship. Rambling through New York City one fateful week, the trip learns from each other how to let go of past heartaches and open themselves to the uncertainty and promise that the future holds.” (Woman's World)
“Although it’s early, we’ve already committed to Aidan Donnelley Rowley’s The Ramblers as one of our favorite books of the year…You’ll at once fall in love with both the characters and with New York City itself…” (Domino)
“You’re sure to be drawn into these characters and the lessons they learn throughout the emotional chaos of their lives.” (Bustle)
From the Back Cover
There are times in our lives to travel a straight line. And then there are times to ramble, to explore what might be as we accept what is.
Set over the course of one fateful Thanksgiving week, a time when emotions run high and being with family can be a mixed blessing, Aidan Donnelley Rowley’s exquisite new novel, The Ramblers, introduces us to three friends whose lives change profoundly in just seven days. Part love letter to New York City, part tour through the wilderness of the human heart and mind, the book asks, “Maybe that is the point after all? To be lost?”
Clio Marsh, bright and brimming with promise, lives her life around the edges. Her mother, a vibrant creature, proved to her daughter the pitfalls of flying too close to the sun, so Clio has created a careful, grounded existence, content to leave flight to the birds that she so carefully studies. While her birdwatching walks through Central Park have garnered a plum mention in New York magazine, Clio is only now taking wing, with her first tentative steps toward a relationship with a dazzling and determined older man . . .while also looking back to the secrets of her broken childhood.
Smith Anderson, the privileged daughter of a prominent New York City family, meticulously organizes the lives of others as her own is in shambles. Her broken engagement to a doctor has left her reeling and now she must take part in her younger sister’s larger-than-life society wedding. Smith longs to create order from chaos, to fix life and self, but too often finds herself cleaning up the messes of her late nights and anxious days.
Tate Pennington has made his mark—and his money—in the West Coast tech world, but his once-promising marriage to his college sweetheart has swiftly imploded. He has returned to New York City to lick his wounds and pursue the artistic dreams he left behind. A chance meeting with Smith snaps him from his misery and throws him into a whirlwind of unexpected passion.
Sorting through the confusion of their inter-secting lives, this trio learns to let go of the past to make room for the future, and to embrace the uncertainty and promise that life—at any moment—can hold. The Ramblers is an accomplished, sumptuous novel by an amazing new star; a tale of fate, loss, hope, birds, friendship, and love. But above all, it’s a story about granting yourself permission to sometimes get lost—to ramble through the pathways of life—so that you might ultimately find your way.
“In this spirited, compulsively-readable, sophisticated tale of entangled urban lives, Aidan Donnelley Rowley has written a love letter to New York, full of sparkling innocence and its ensuing heartache. The Ramblers is a pure delight.”—Dani Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Devotion
“Aidan Donnelley Rowley’s finely honed prose creates a New York story that had me enchanted from the first flirtation. It’s not often that a book embeds you so deeply with the characters that you feel as if you are in the story.”—Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author of Those We Love Most
“The Ramblers is an engrossing, meticulously observed novel of New York. Aidan Donnelley Rowley explores the lives of characters navigating the challenges of friendship, jealousy, love, and the need to confront their past before they can create a future.”—Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club
“The Ramblers follows a trio of well-hewn characters who find themselves at the complicated crossroads of love and heartache, past and future, loss and renewal. Chock full of the crackling wit, irreverent humor, and raw honesty that readers have come to expect from Aidan Donnelley Rowley, this is a tale of beautiful people in glamorous places when life is anything but beautiful and glamorous. A whirlwind foray into the New York City that Aidan Donnelley Rowley knows and loves—and writes—so well.”—Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Empress
“Amidst the rich beauty of Central Park in fall and Manhattan in its prime, The Ramblers weaves a bewitching, wise tale of how love’s path may take unexpected twists and turns. Aidan Donnelley Rowley has brought us a deeply moving and elegant book about how we find ourselves and each other. It pulled me in with its first pages, and wouldn’t let go until the last.”—Sophie McManus, author of The Unfortunates
“Witty and engaging, The Ramblers takes us deep into the cloistered world of three New Yorkers, where privilege does not necessarily lead to happiness. Aidan Donnelley Rowley is an expert at revealing her characters with depth and care.”—Mira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing