Everyone Loves You Back

Everyone Loves You Back is a coming-of-middle-age novel that explores the comedy and tragedy that occur when two competing classes collide. It’s set in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during the 90s boom years, when a tsunami of new money is pouring into the city and uprooting the middle and lower-middle class natives. Bob Boland, a Cambridge native, jazz aficionado, and sarcastic radio engineer, is holding on, just barely. He has enough on his plate trying to navigate his forties, a rapidly changing job market, and a love triangle, without his neighborhood being overrun by treehuggers, intellectuals, and hedge fund managers. There is no way he can keep up with these new neighbors, who clad their houses in copper, line their driveways in brick and cobblestone, and landscape their postage-stamp-sized yards into tiny urban Edens.

One morning, his neighbor Abigail, a dean at Harvard, shows up at Bob’s door, personal arborist in tow, and informs him that his Norway maples are “phytotoxic” weeds that are killing her specimen trees, and asks him politely but firmly to take them down. Bob decides to fight, and sets himself on a collision course with his Cambridge neighborhood and his own preconceptions about how he does and does not fit into it.

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About Louie


Louie Cronin, author of the novel Everyone Loves You Back,  is a writer, radio producer, and audio engineer. For ten years she worked as a producer/writer for Car Talk on NPR. A graduate of Boston University’s Master's program in Creative Writing and a past winner of the Ivan Gold Fiction Fellowship from the Writers’ Room of Boston, Louie’s fiction and essays have been published in Compass Rose, The Princeton Arts Review, Long Island Newsday, The Boston Globe Magazine, and on PRI.org.

Her short stories have been finalists for both Glimmer Train and New Millennium Writings awards. Louie has been awarded residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Currently she works as a technical director for PRI’s The World and lives in Boston with her husband, the sculptor James Wright.

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February 1, 2017 (7pm) — Dire Literary Series — Reading

December 16, 2016 — The Nervous Breakdown — Self-Interview and Excerpt

December 14, 2016 — Writer's Bone — The 30 Best Books of 2016

December 6, 2016 — Book Club Babble — Books We Love: Our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

November 30, 2016 (7 pm) — Newtonville Books — Reading

November 30, 2016 (3-4 pm) — WBUR's Radio Boston — Debut author interview.

November 30, 2016 — Link to Radio Boston interview

November 20, 2016 — WritersCast — Interview

November 2, 2016 — WBUR on Tap — Reading and refreshments

October 21, 2016 — Porter Square Books — Reading and book launch

October 15, 2016 (11 am) — Boston Book Festival — My First Time

September 14, 2016 — Mr. Media Podcast — Everyone Loves You Back, Too!

September 9, 2016 — Writer's Bone — 7 Books That Should Be on Your Radar


Nov/Dec 2016 - Poets & Writers Magazine - 5 More Debut Authors Over 50

November 5, 2016 - Boston Herald - Everyone Loves Cambridge Native's Debut Novel

October 17-21, 2016 - Terri Giuliano Long blog - A Week with Louie Cronin

October 20, 2016 - Cambridge Day Interview - 'Everyone Loves You Back' author Louie Cronin breaks up with Cambridge

October 20, 2016 - Scout Cambridge Article - Car Talk's Louie Cronin on Her Cambridge-Centric First Novel

October 16, 2016 - Big Blend Radio and TV Magazine - Interview

Book Club Babble - Interview

August 26, 2016 — Cambridge Chronicle Interview — Former 'Car Talk' Producer Writes First Novel about Cambridge

August 24, 2016 — Writer's Bone Interview — Never Deny Yourself the Joy of Writing

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