Etiquette for the End of the World


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From the author of the bestselling The Art of Mingling comes a witty, inspirational romantic comedy about endings…and new beginnings


It’s not the end of the world. That’s what depressed, 39-year-old Tess Eliot has to remind herself after losing her newspaper column (“Tess Knows Best”) and being dumped by her boyfriend for a younger woman (a feng shui expert? Really?) But when the out-of-work Tess gets hired by a wacky cult (W.O.O.S.H.) to write an etiquette guide as part of the preparation for what the cult believes is imminent global catastrophe, she begins to ask herself: “Wait—could the world actually be coming to an end?”

At first, Tess fakes her way through chapters like “Boundaries in the Bunker” and “Cannibalism: Yes or No?” Then she uncovers what appears to be a bona fide (if somewhat bizarre) secret plot for world destruction, and she embarks on a life-changing odyssey of her own—involving travel to far-off places, all-too-close encounters with touchy-feely survivalists and conspiracy theorists, and one handsome guy who seems way too perfect.

Filled with wit and insight (including Tess Eliot’s “Twelve Rules to Live and Die By”), Etiquette for the End of the World is fast-paced, laugh-out-loud fun, with surprisingly relevant life lessons along the way.

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“Warmhearted and deliciously sly…Read it, laugh out loud, and be prepared for anything!”

— Laura Moore

Author of Trouble Me and In Your Eyes

“Jeanne Martinet has written a wise and witty novel, full of surprises and lovable characters. Perfect reading as the end of the world approaches.”

— Richard Marek

Author of Works of Genius and co-author of A Godsend

“Smart and funny.”

— Randy Cohen

Author of Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything

“When the world comes to an end, I want Jeanne Martinet at my side, giving me dating protocol and telling me how to carry my weapons. Etiquette for the End of the World is brilliant, page-turning fun.”

— Debra Galant

Author of Rattled and Cars from a Marriage

“Etiquette for the End of the World is a funny, charming and knowing look at post-2012 romance.”

— Dalma Heyn

Author of Marriage Shock: The Transformation of Women into Wives

“Etiquette has all the pleasures of chick-lit, but deeper ones too, a great deal of fascinating lore about myths and mysteries that alternately comfort us or scare us to death. I’d say this book is a happy meeting between Noel Coward and Nora Ephron, sophisticated, richly humorous, and oddly enough, full of excellent advice for the little apocalypses we encounter every day.”

— A.R. Taylor

Author of Sex, Rain and Cold Fusion

“It’s like Douglas Adams and Marian Keyes got together and made a light-hearted love child, then she grew up and wrote this book… I cannot even begin to tell you all the ways I loved this book.”

— Reeka Boland

Bound By Words (online book blog)

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