By Seija Rankin
October 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT
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Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney is going back to the nest. Well, kind of. The author of the 2016's instant New York Times bestseller — we should mention that an adaptation The Nest is also currently in development with The Big Sick's Emily V. Gordon and Amazon Studios — is following up her debut novel with a story that's sure to lure in her fans. Good Company will hit shelves on May 4, 2021, and centers on protagonist Flora Mancini, whose two-decades-long marriage is called into question after she finds an envelope containing her husband's wedding ring, forcing her to confront questions and doubts about the life she built.

EW has the First Look of the book — starting with the cover, designed by Allison Saltzman with art from Magrikie, and the animated cover, created by Eric McGilloway.

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EW is also sharing the very first sneak peek of the inside of the novel — read an exclusive excerpt below, and preorder your copies here.

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Flora wasn’t looking for the ring when she found it. She was rooting around an old file cabinet in the garage, searching for a photograph from the summer Ruby was five, 13 years ago. Long years? Short? Both, depending on how she thought about them. Flora had woken up thinking about the photo and she knew it had to be somewhere in the house. The photo had moved from the ugly brown refrigerator door in Greenwich Village to an even uglier brown refrigerator door in Los Angeles (“How do two people on opposite coasts whose houses we are eventually going to live in both choose brown refrigerators?” she’d asked Julian) until ugly refrigerator number two shuddered its last breath one August morning and they’d replaced it with a new one that was fancier and stainless steel and wouldn’t hold a magnet. She’d moved the photo to a bulletin board in the small enclosed sun porch they called “the office,” but the edges started to curl and so she’d put it in a drawer, safe from the ravages of time and the relentless attention of the California sun. She’d cleaned out all those drawers a couple of years ago, right after she got the part voicing Leona the saucy lioness on the animated show Griffith and they’d turned “the office” into “the studio,” a place she could record her voice-over work at home when she wanted. Where had she put all the stuff from those drawers? She would never throw away a photograph, but especially not that one.

From Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Copyright 2021 Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Excerpted by permission of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins.

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