Abby, a 46-year-old married mother and frustrated artist, is feeling dissatisfied with life when she runs into A, her younger self, whom she begins to follow around New York City in hopes of helping her prevent the same mistakes she had made. All the while, Abby's life starts to slip from her control, and when her elusive double presents her with a dangerous proposition, Abby must decide how much she values the life she’s built.
You Again is an alluring mystery ... It’s also an elegant literary puzzle ... an ingenius maze ... You Again offers a sophisticated argument about the nature of time and memory ... Balancing the kinetic plot...with a realistic portrait of an ordinary marriage is no mean feat. But Immergut writes well about the kind of weary, inchoate longing that can grow to define a long-term marriage ... One of the pleasures of You Again is how capably Immergut captures her visual artist’s thought process ... Immergut, who like her heroine toiled at a soul-killing day job for many years, writes with clarity and compassion about 'ambitions that refused to be thwarted.'
You Again, combining psychological suspense and fantasy, is a family-life novel, an art-world chronicle and an examination of the mutability of reality ... Ms. Immergut provides several brain-teasing surprises—and ties up her theoretical loose ends in a manner that still allows readers the space to wonder.