What's Never Said


Pub Date: July 2015

Author: Susan Shapiro

What's Never Said

It’s dangerous to search for an old flame you never got over. What if you find him—and he doesn’t remember you? In her captivating new novel What’s Never Said, Susan Shapiro explores the perils of revisiting past passion. Lila Penn leaves Wisconsin for graduate school in the big city, where she falls for her professor Daniel Wildman. Decades after their tangled link, she arranges a tête-à-tête in downtown Manhattan. But the shocking encounter blindsides Lila, causing her to question her memory—and sanity. Switching between Greenwich Village and Tel Aviv, the saga unravels the sexual secret that’s haunted Daniel and Lila for thirty years.


“Frank, darkly funny, entertaining…”

New York Times Book Review


“A promiscuously readable guilty pleasure…”

Elle Magazine


“Funny and original, with a soulfulness beneath the humor.”

—Ian Frazier, bestselling author of The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days 


“Sly, candid, disarming…”

—Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness


“Shapiro’s voice is so passionate and honest, it’s bewitching.”

—Erica Jong, bestselling author of Fear of Flying


“Irresistible energy, winning humor…breathtakingly frank honesty.”

—Philip Lopate, author of Two Marriages and Notes on Sontag



—Gael Greene, author of Don’t Come Back Without It