The Other's Gold follows four friends as each makes a terrible mistake, moving from their wild college days to their more feral days as new parents. In her debut novel, Elizabeth Ames interrogates the way that growing up forces our friendships to evolve as the women discover what they and their loved ones are capable of, and capable of forgiving.
Debut author Ames delicately weaves together a story dedicated to the intensity of friendship ... this literary work illustrates the strength it takes to maintain closeness despite moral and ethical setbacks. Dealing with issues of guilt, pain, and the realistic, ruthless hardships of life, The Other’s Gold shows that friends will stay by your side, if you let them fully in. Excellent for fans of Celeste Ng and Kristan Higgins.
Written in a deft omniscient narration, the novel’s first half can sometimes blur the characters together within its slippery point of view, and the crushes and drunken exploits seem like overly familiar snapshots from collegiate life. But the novel sharpens when the women come into independent adulthood, and though the structure emphasizes the sameness of their transgressions...the characters finally bloom into vibrant individuality, and the book fulfills its promise to investigate the question Margaret asks herself near the book’s finale: 'Did loving so much mean you knew more about hatred?' A messy, but ultimately memorable, look at the moral gray areas that govern our choices.
...[an] unfocused debut ... Ames rarely provides sufficient retribution for characters’ bad decisions, and the tangents about their lives become distracting. Though there are moments of powerful emotion, and the details and emotional crises are well drawn, most readers will feel frustrated by the meandering plot and the characters’ choices.