The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames

The Other's Gold

An insightful and sparkling novel that opens on a college campus and follows the friendship of four women across life-defining turning pointsAssigned to the same suite during their freshman year at Quincy-Hawthorne College, Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret quickly become inseparable. The leafy green campus they move through together, the idyllic window seat they share in their suite, and the passion and ferocity that school and independence aw...

Details The Other's Gold

TitleThe Other's Gold
Release DateAug 27th, 2019
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Other's Gold

  • Toni
    You're either going to love this book or hate it. If you fall in love with its compelling, engaging writing style and care for Alice, Margaret, Ji Sun and Lainey as they move from adolescence of their freshman year in college to adulthood, you will not want the book to end, or at very least hope for regular updates in future to know how they are doing. If you don't connect with the book, the story is going to seem long and unnecessarily detailed....
  • Katie B
    I'm finding it difficult to figure out what I want to say in this review because I thought this was just an okay read. I think if I would have connected more with the four main characters, this could have been a more meaningful read like it was for other readers. I just feel like whatever point(s) the author was trying to get across just flew right over my head or something. Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret are all assigned to the same suite d...
  • Zoeytron
    The bond formed between four young women in college continues to grow as they become adults. I had trouble relating to these women, neither actively liking nor disliking them. This had nothing to do with the writing, which I found quite good and the characterizations were finely drawn. It held my interest enough to keep reading, but in the end, I just couldn't sync up with the story. Kudos for the original title. The bond formed between four yo...
  • Michelle
    2.5 stars, rounding up. Two reasons: 1)It's a debut 2) I don't think what I disliked about this was the author's fault.This is another book that I have been anxiously awaiting for most of the year. Four girls who become friends their first day of college and that friendship transcends throughout the rest of it and continues on? Hell yeah, sign me up. There couldn't have been a more perfect book description for me. I also really dug the layout. Th...
  • Kathryn in FL
    "The Other's Gold" examines the relationships between 4 young women as they enter adulthood at a small private, Northeastern college and develop their personalities and their identities. Though they are dissimilar in background, heritage and goals, they are determined to have each other's back no matter what. This promise is tested time and again as they pursue their dreams and romantic relationships and become parents. This story had a lot of st...
  • Sharon
    4.5 starsThe Other’s Gold is the story of four young women’s path to adulthood, with ordinary ups and downs elevated through lyrical prose, containing current political and social events seamlessly woven in, making the reader feel like they could have been part of this lucky quartet.Ames has a lovely way of writing, presenting everyday life as a magical secret that she’s willing to share, if you listen closely to her whispered tale…She ba...
  • Joy Matteson
    This book was all kinds of crazy, in the best ways possible. Four women who become a close unit of friends in college each make one terrible mistake in this beautifully written book. These characters are unbelievably well drawn. Each one of them leaps off the page with vivacity and creative energy. I would read 3 more novels with these women featured, their flaws and fierce love for one another were addictive.Perfect summer to fall read for those...
  • Caroline
    ***NO SPOILERS***(Full disclosure: Book abandoned on page 50 [out of 335 pages].)The Other's Gold is the second disappointment I've read this year in one of my favorite sub-genres, academia. Academic settings offer so much built-in drama that I'm puzzled as to how any author could craft something so bland. I think they're trying too hard. Elizabeth Ames has that passive, overly contemplative style of an MFA student; in other words, a style praise...
  • Haley • Fangirl Fury •
    A 2019 favorite and one of the best adult fiction books this mostly YA readers has read in a while! Elizabeth Ames' writing style completely sucked me in, and I just loved this story so much!
  • Jenny
    The Other's Gold is a gorgeous novel, brimming with the romance of budding, full friendships and the way we carry our pasts, our shame, and each other through it all. The four female protagonists meet on a window seat in their freshman dorm. Their friendship is fast and deep, and we too, as readers, fall in love right beside them. While I loved the intensity of their friendship, I also loved each individually, too--despite, and in spite, of each ...
  • Basic B's Guide
    I had such high hopes for this debut. Unfortunately I was left feeling underwhelmed and quite confused. I’m perplexed as to what the point was of it all. It clearly went over my head. The 4 very unique mistakes presented didn’t leave me with any emotional connection to the characters and felt a bit over the top. In fact, I don’t quite understand the friendships in the story. It might be because we are presented with a group of ladies that h...
  • LA Brower
    My favorite book of 2019! The Other's Gold is must-read, un-put-down-able, absolutely triumphant debut novel by a major new literary voice. Narrated in spectacular prose with breathtaking emotional intimacy and insight, Ames' big-hearted, character-driven book left me in awe. Simultaneously funny and heartbreaking, joyous and mournful, hopeful and devastating, this profoundly honest exploration of friendship, family, endurance, and forgiveness ch...
  • Beth
    zero stars! I work at a book store so I get to read ARCs. Sometimes they are good and sometimes they are not. I do not understand how this book ever was published. It is about 4 girls who ended up being roommates in college and become fast friends. "Each of the girls will make a terrible mistake" That is what the blurb says. They do not make "mistakes." They should all be in jail! These are not mistakes, they are choices that each person made wit...
  • Claire Barfell
    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways. This is the story of four friends who share the same room in college and their friendship continues afterward. They each make mistakes that are very serious and unusual. For a first novel, this book is unbelievable, what a great imagination and writing ability this author has. I kept wondering what would happen next and felt like I really knew the characters because the reader sees their thoughts and feelin...
  • Shannon (The Book Club Mom)
    Happy Publication Day to Elizabeth Ames for The Other’s Gold! If you’ve been following me for a little while, then you probably already know that I’m a sucker for books about friendship. They are my very favorite and I absolutely adore reading them. The Other’s Gold is a story about four friends who meet in their freshman year of college. The women all share the same suite at Quincy-Hawthorne College, quickly become friends and form insta...
  • Virginia Morris
    This was one of those books I got hooked on the story and kept reading compulsively to find what happened. But I hated three of the four main characters. The four girls started college the same time I did, so the pop culture references were not lost on me and I experienced the events referenced in the book at the same ages/life stages. Ji Sun is an amoral liar who was fine with potentially ruining a man’s life with her false allegations. Even i...
  • Tess
    THE OTHER’S GOLD was such a lovely surprise, so much so that I read it in a day and enjoyed every second. I am such a sucker for female friendship books on college campuses, and love it even more when the story continues after school and we learn about their lives and relationships as they get older. This book has all that and more. The four main characters are well developed, likable yet often frustrating, and realistic. The plot points are sh...
  • Lazy Line
    This book connected with me so deeply! Its depiction of friendships, college, motherhood, heartache, regret, and lifelong love really hit home for me, and the characters felt as real and complex as some of my own friends. Though their choices and mistakes sometimes made it hard for me to like Lainey, Alice, Ji Sun, or Margaret, I always always loved them, understood them, and wanted to spend more time with them. I think that this is a testament t...
  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
    Thanks to Viking Books for an advanced copy of this book.I was incredibly nervous about this debut novel…the premise is everything I normally love in a character-driven story (campus setting, female friendship, etc), but the intangibles are key to these types of novels working well. I shouldn’t have worried because it was 5 stars for me! The writing style took me a minute to get used to (it has some very long sentences and requires a bit of c...
  • Natalie
    Despite the fact that this is the type of novel that I generally like, I found this book very disappointing. Again, four college roommates bond and become lifelong friends. The women go through college traumas, marriage and motherhood maintaining this relationship. The characters represented a carefully curated group, even to their diversity of background and hair color. All of this managed to feel very contrived. It seemed like the author found ...
  • Deb Coco
    I don't remember the last time a book caused me to literally gasp in shock, and immediately find someone who had already read it so I could discuss. The Other’s Gold was one of the most entertaining books I’ve read this year. I was initially drawn to it for setting - being from New England, I always love a good campus novel and this one starts out right there — four female friends during freshman year of college in Massachusetts. The struct...
  • Sarah
    This one was a struggle to get through and one I should have DNF-ed at about page 50. Naively, I thought it might get better or the storyline might come together. But this book was about... nothing. There was no plot. There are a lot of words (the author is VERY wordy when it comes to writing sentences) but they don't go anywhere.The plot? Four girls meet in college, become instant friends and each make a bordering-on-illegal mistake. Do they lea...
  • Diane
    I rarely write a review. This writer used way too many words in most sentences. It became tedious. I’m glad I’m done.
  • Donna Hines
    A bunch of forged relationships from women in college that seems to go nowhere and probably wouldn't have endured in real life.I'm not sure the point but for me this felt too forced and too out of left field to make a go of it all.A pact to keep one another's secrets but the secrets were a bit odd and actually felt out of character.If felt rushed as if the author had a timeline to conquer and had to throw it all in the pot to stew and come out wi...
  • Cynthia
    This novel didn’t work for me. I found the characters flat and, ultimately, didn’t care about them. Disappointing read for me, but I may not have been the best audience.
  • Heather
    Thank you to Viking and Penguin Random House for this copy in exchange for my honest review. Margaret, Ji Sun, Alice and Lainey meet as freshman suite mates at Quincy-Hawthorne College and immediately become best friends. Though they all come from different backgrounds, they form a bond that other students look at with envy. As boyfriends and girlfriends come and go, their friendship remains constant. Over the years, from college to marriages to ...
  • Michelle
    The first section of this book was hard for me to get into but once they got out of the college years I was completely hooked! What a unique and interesting story. I was impressed with Ames' writing and found myself rereading sentences and nodding my head along with the insights she had about female friendship. This very much feels like a book that came from the author's experience and I appreciated how real the characters felt to me. She didn't ...
  • cat
    4.5 but rounding up because someone I love is in the Acknowledgements section and that is always an extra .25 or so based on joyful recognition and the very few degrees of community separation. It's a really, really good debut novel. I was hooked in the prologue, early on when she writes, "Their worst acts sat beside them,too, though only Alice had committed hers before they arrived. Ji Sun would do hers the following year, when they were sophomo...