COVER REVEAL For The Ones We Choose!

I am breaking away from this week’s topic of self care to REVEAL THE COVER OF MY DEBUT BOOK! Sorry if I get a little shouty about it. This has been a long time coming. I first saw cover drafts in early October. And from there, we had a lot of back-and-forth between me, my agent, my editor, the art department, the sales team, and my publisher, Jen Bergstrom. Even though it took a long time to get here, the entire team always kept my opinion and feelings at the forefront of the process. That’s probably why it took so long. I will be forever grateful to them.


And so….without any more delay…I present to you the finalized cover of THE ONES WE CHOOSE!


Lisa Genova meets 23andMe in this exploration of the genetic and emotional ties that bind, as debut author Julie Clark delivers a compelling read about a young boy desperate to find his place in this world, a mother coming to terms with her own past, and the healing power of forgiveness.

Advance praise for The Ones We Choose:

“How could I not love a debut about science, secrets, DNA, and how the traumas of our ancestors still live within our very cells? With gorgeous prose, and a deep emotional resonance, The Ones We Choose is about the science of love, how our DNA shapes us, and a mother’s fierce battle to protect her son while confronting what makes our identity ours, what and who we choose to let in, and what and who we don’t. An absolutely dazzling, profound ruby of a novel.” 

Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World


“A novel with a wonderfully smart and strong protagonist, Julie Clark’s debut The Ones We Choose is an impressive and surprising combination of hard science and raw emotion. In this absorbing story of friendship, parenting, and the intensity of the sibling bond, Clark reveals how messy family life can be and how the mess itself might be of great value. An engaging read!”

Amy Poeppel, author of Small Admissions



My publisher is giving away 100 ARCs on GoodReads. Click here to enter!

You can also pre-order THE ONES WE CHOOSE!


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And thanks to my fellow debs for indulging me over the past six months as I waited…sometimes not so patiently…for my cover to arrive.


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Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Julie Clark grew up reading books on the beach while everyone else surfed. After attending college at University of the Pacific, and a brief stint working in the athletic department at University of California, Berkeley, she returned home to Santa Monica to teach. She now lives there with her two young sons and a golden doodle with poor impulse control. Her debut, THE ONES WE CHOOSE, will be published by Gallery/Simon & Schuster in May 2018.

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