In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years (272 pp. Atria Books, $27.00) inventively flashes forward in time after protagonist, Dannie Kohan, interviews for a new position at a law firm and becomes engaged to her long-time boyfriend. Upon falling asleep, Kohan spends an hour in her life five years later – complete with a new apartment and a new man – only to return to her former self, with total recall of what she believes lies in her future. What seems to be a plot twist for purely romantic purposes takes a sharply dramatic turn, instead examining the bonds of friendship. Serle packs a (light) punch here and produced something worth an afternoon of your time.

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