There’s a kind of childhood friendship that’s a more-intense first love. Not everyone had one, but if you did, you’ll recognize the relationship that organizes Elliott Holt’s debut, a literary thriller about losing the first person who ever knew you.
You Are One of Them takes place in Moscow in 1996, where Sarah Zuckerman has come to solve the mystery surrounding her best friend’s death in a plane crash 10 years earlier. Sarah’s investigation quickly melts into a coming-of-age story, as Phoebe O’Connor’s search for her sister in Jennifer Egan’s The Invisible Circus became a search for her own adulthood. No matter what we say we’re looking for, we’re usually looking for ourselves.