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"My obsession with What it Was Like is identical to the one the story’s wry, intelligent, and completely unremorseful narrator has for the beautiful, sexually intoxicating and mesmerizing Rachel Prince, with whom he begins a romance that we know from the opening pages is ill-fated. Once I started reading, I had to finish the book as fast as I could. Reading What is Was Like made me experience all the joys – and dangers – of teenage lust with an immediacy that I haven’t felt since Splendor in the Grass."
  - Stan Chervin, screenwriter. Academy Award nominee for Moneyball

What It Was Like


“It’s really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They’re right. I did some extremely foolish things; I’m the first to say it. And they’ve left me in jail and alone.”

So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.

It is the summer of 1968 and a young man takes a job at a camp in upstate New York before starting his first semester at Columbia University. There, he meets Rachel Prince, a fellow counselor who is as beautiful as she is haunted Their romance will burn with a passion neither of them has ever known before…a passion with the power to destroy.

In the tradition of Endless Love and Gone Girl, What It Was Like is an intimate, raw, and revealing journey through the landscape of all-consuming love. It announces the debut of a remarkable storyteller.

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This Day in 1968-69

  • August 15, 1969 -- Woodstock Music Festival in the town of Bethel in upstate New York takes place.

    August 9, 1969 -- Sharon Tate and four other people are found dead in her Beverly Hills home.  Followers of Charles Manson are later convicted of the crime.

    July 20, 1969 -- Men land on the moon.  Neil Armstrong steps onto the surface of the moon at 10:56 PM, saying, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap

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    "WOW!!! I just finished this book and what a page turner.  This is the debut novel from author Peter Seth and I couldn't put it down. ... It starts off like other typical novels that you have read but that's where it ends.  Just when you think you know where the story is headed, it changes directions.  It's a roller coaster ride to the very last page. ... I highly recommend this book but offer this warning ... be careful because you won't want to put it down until the last page is turned!" -- Book Bug Read More
  • Melissa C. +

    *****(Five stars) -- I got an advance reading copy of WHAT IT WAS LIKE, and the next thing I knew I was immersed in reading this delicious page-turner that I couldn't put it down.  I loved the vivid characters, the juicy detail and the whole absorbing world that Peter Seth created -- beautifully evoking the thrill, passion and turmoil of young love.  He is a master storyteller and I can't wait to read more of his work.  If you like great writing (with just the right amount of heartbreak mixed in), I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of this book." -- Melissa C. Read More
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