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Expiration Dates: A Novel (Hardcover)

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All Daphne Bell's romances have come with a literal expiration date -- until the day she meets Jake. Romance-adjacent with a twist, and filled with prose I wanted to underline -- this is one to reread if only to see how perfectly Serle constructed her plot and reveals. Masterful!

— Lori

April 2024 Indie Next List

“I came for Rebecca Serle’s signature magical realism and romance, and stayed for the free will vs. determinism conversation. A quick, enjoyable read that I cried during. Love is a net. It can catch you long after someone is gone.”
— Lindsay Makowicki, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT


From the New York Times bestselling author of In Five Years and One Italian Summer comes a love story that will define a generation.

Being single is like playing the lottery. There’s always the chance that with one piece of paper you could win it all.

Daphne Bell believes the universe has a plan for her. Every time she meets a new man, she receives a slip of paper with his name and a number on it—the exact amount of time they will be together. The papers told her she’d spend three days with Martin in Paris; five weeks with Noah in San Francisco; and three months with Hugo, her ex-boyfriend turned best friend. Daphne has been receiving the numbered papers for over twenty years, always wondering when there might be one without an expiration. Finally, the night of a blind date at her favorite Los Angeles restaurant, there’s only a name: Jake.

But as Jake and Daphne’s story unfolds, Daphne finds herself doubting the paper’s prediction, and wrestling with what it means to be both committed and truthful. Because Daphne knows things Jake doesn’t, information that—if he found out—would break his heart.

Told with her signature warmth and insight into matters of the heart, Rebecca Serle has finally set her sights on romantic love. The result is a gripping, emotional, passionate, and (yes) heartbreaking novel about what it means to be single, what it means to find love, and ultimately how we define each of them for ourselves. Expiration Dates is the one fans have been waiting for.

About the Author

Rebecca Serle is the New York Times bestselling author of Expiration DatesOne Italian SummerIn Five YearsThe Dinner List, and the young adult novels The Edge of Falling and When You Were Mine. Serle also developed the hit TV adaptation Famous in Love, based on her YA series of the same nameShe is a graduate of USC and The New School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Find out more at

Praise For…

"A romantic gem. Grabs you on page one and never lets go." —LAURA DAVE, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me

"A passionate story about love and trust that will have you sniffling long before the twist." —People

"This novel goes beyond a lighthearted romance to explore the ways we let fate shape our lives, for better or worse." —The New York Post

"Daphne’s sometimes heart-wrenching, often heartwarming search for meaningful relationships, both romantic and platonic, is sure to inspire." —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Serle’s compulsively readable prose will attract fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Henry." —Booklist

"Serle provides an interesting conceit and a healthy dose of wit that readers will appreciate. An entertaining love story with moments of depth." —Kirkus

Product Details
ISBN: 9781982166823
ISBN-10: 1982166827
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: March 19th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English