A family of three discovers that their apartment is not what it seems in Hilary Leichter’s second novel. Terrace Story follows Annie and Edward and their daughter Rose, who live in a small apartment in an unnamed city. They are shocked to learn that their increasingly crowded quarters actually feature a hidden terrace, which is only accessible when Annie’s coworker Stephanie comes over. Though initially exciting, the presence of the terrace has consequences, and the family’s future is suddenly thrown off course. In a series of interlinked stories that make up the novel, Leichter unveils a dazzling narrative about the limitations of time and the heartbreaking realities of grief. —Annabel Gutterman

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