In This is What I Want to Tell You, fraternal twins Nadio and Noelle share a close connection—and as Noelle's best friend since they were five, Keeley Shipley fits perfectly into their world. But everything changes after Keeley spends the summer before junior year at Oxford. When Keeley returns, Nadio falls in love with her. Noelle, ripped apart by resentment, sees her as an ungrateful rich girl. But Keeley has a painful story that she can't tell yet. As Nadio and Keeley hide their romance, Noelle dives into something of her own—a destructive affair with an older boy.
Heather Duffy-Stone writes stories and essays that are mostly inspired by high school—either her own or someone else’s. This Is What I Want to Tell You is her first novel. She has lived in Vermont, England, Los Angeles, rural New York and Rome, Italy. For now she cooks, sleeps, explores, writes and teaches in Brooklyn, New York.
Thai food or Chinese?
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Stop thinking about what “sells”.
What are you reading right now?
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson and The Manual of Detection by my friend the BRILLIANT Jedediah Berry.
What’s the last song you listened to?
Sweet Carolina by Ryan Adams.
Favorite movie snack?
Camping or four-star hotel?
Depends. Mostly… hotel. I love love camping and making coffee in the morning over a campfure when the grass is dewey and everyone else is sleeping... but when I want rest I want soft sheets and maybe room service.
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Heather!