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Authors: Christopher J. Yates

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I owe a considerable debt of gratitude to the following: my remarkable wife, Margi Conklin, who reads everything at the truly ugly stage and manages somehow to steer me lovingly into clearer waters; my indomitable editor, Stephen Morrison, who identified and polished my ugliness with the tact and skill of an empathic superhero; my beloved agent, Jessica Papin, who has never once been wrong; the baddest journalist in town, Michelle Gotthelf, who
the news in New York City; Debra Rosenzweig, for all your help and a particularly vital spark; my phenomenal team of readers, Sharon Pelletier, Jonathan Brown, Katherine Gleason, Jeffrey Williams, Shaun Pye, Sarah Crawford, Jemima Rhys-Evans and Paul Manes, whose kind and thoughtful insights helped me get past the mostly ugly stage; Bill J. Smith, John D. Trawick and Keith Lenart, without whose generosity in sharing their experiences of monocular life, this novel would be a less-than-half-baked thing; Naoisa Hoskins and Beth Peck, who saved me from being wrong about American schools a thousand times; the extraordinary team at Picador, Pronoy Sarkar, James Meader, Declan Taintor, Henry Yee (your cover took my breath away), Shelly Perron and Kolt Beringer (thank you for putting up with my irksome idiosyncrasies), and Jeremy Pink; for the loan of Too Happy Cabin, Sara Bernstein and Morgan Spurlock, a perfect place to write;
Gail Blauer for another happy cabin loan; Eric Bailey, Jason Kohn and Tom Keane, who helped me get my facts straight over and over again; and for their help in a number of other multifarious but vital ways, Laura Harris, Susan Conklin, Ted Conklin, Charlotte Fall, Katie Deabler, Alex Masucci, Kirsten Fleming, Charlie Rowlands, Emily Dziedzic, Mackenzie Dawson and Lauren Abramo.



was born and raised in Kent and studied law at Oxford University before working as a puzzle editor in London. His first novel,
Black Chalk,
was named a Must-Read by
The Boston Globe
and the
New York Post
and named a Best Book of the Year by National Public Radio.
Grist Mill Road
is his second novel. He lives in New York with his wife and dog. You can sign up for email updates



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This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously.

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The Library of Congress has cataloged the print edition as follows:

Names: Yates, Christopher J., author.

Title: Grist Mill Road: a novel / Christopher J. Yates.

Description: First edition. | New York: Picador, 2017.

Identifiers: LCCN 2017028306 (print) | LCCN 2017030199 (ebook) | ISBN 9781250150318 (ebook) | ISBN 9781250150288 (hardcover) | ISBN 9781250189929 (international edition)

Subjects: LCSH: Triangles (Interpersonal relations)—Fiction. | Life change events—Fiction. | City and town life—Fiction. | Friendship—Fiction. | GSAFD: Suspense fiction.

Classification: LCC PR6125.A8593 (ebook) | LCC PR6125.A8593 G75 2017 (print) | DDC 823'.92—dc23

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First Edition: January 2018

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