Prior to reading this wonderful book, I had only known Jeff Arch’s body of work as a screenwriter, most famously for his Oscar-nominated ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ Now, with Attachments, Jeff brings his deep humanity, his unique and unmistakable voice, and his cinematic economy of style to this powerful story of love and betrayal and the possibility of forgiveness. With meticulous plotting and masterful language, he brings life and light to characters as real as they are unforgettable.
Any book that makes you laugh and cry and think – even question your own life – is a book worth reading, sharing, talking about – and yes, wishing you had written it yourself because it’s just that good. Jeff Arch’s glorious, gorgeous novel creates characters and moments that make us believe in love even if we’ve given up on it. I wish I had written it.
A deeply felt, intensely human story about love, loss, friendship, grief and renewal, with people you’ll feel you’ve known all your life.
I love it when I know from the first page I’m in the hands of a master storyteller. From the opening moment, Jeff Arch’s well-plotted novel crackles with sharp dialogue, fully-drawn characters, and a rich sense of time and place. I devoured Attachments.
Simply put, Jeff Arch is an excellent writer with a wry eye and attentive ear to the rub, hurt, and humor in human interaction. And ATTACHMENTS is a reminder, in the best sense of that word, to all of his talents.
Jeff Arch’s literary skills aren’t limited to screenwriting, as his first novel vividly demonstrates. The story of a romantic triangle at a Pennsylvania boarding school in the 1970s and the reverberations of those youthful relationships in its characters’ adult lives, it’s a fast-paced tale rich with sympathetic characters, cinematic scenes, and pitch perfect dialogue. Attachments is a revealing, heartfelt novel that should unite readers of literary and popular fiction in their admiration of its author’s considerable talents.
Jeff Arch grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he spent two of his high school years at a boarding school. He worked as a concert lighting designer and toured the country with national rock and reggae acts while teaching himself to write screenplays on the side. Years later, he sold the martial arts school he’d built and gave himself one year to write three screenplays. The second of those sold almost immediately, and Sleepless in Seattle became a surprise megahit worldwide. For his screenplay, Jeff was nominated for an Oscar, as well as for Writers Guild and BAFTA awards, among others. His script for Saving Milly, based on Mort Kondracke’s searing memoir, earned the 2005 Humanitas Nomination, an honor Jeff treasures. Jeff is a father, stepfather, father-in-law, and grandfather. Attachments is Jeff’s first novel.