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A USA TODAY Bestseller

A Good Morning America Book Club pick

Amazon Editors' Best Books of 2020 pick

Currently being adapted for television by Amazon Studios

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Just because life is out of order, doesn't mean it's broken.

It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study economics, or remain at home in Brooklyn to pursue her passion for music and be with her boyfriend? As the countdown to the New Year begins, Oona faints and awakens thirty-two years in the future in her fifty-one-year-old body. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. And so begins Oona Out of Order…

Hopping through decades, pop culture fads, and much-needed stock tips, Oona is still a young woman on the inside but ever changing on the outside. Who will she be next year? Philanthropist? Club Kid? World traveler? Wife to a man she’s never met?

Oona Out of Order is a remarkably inventive novel that explores what it means to live a life fully in the moment, even if those moments are out of sequence. Surprising, magical, and heart-wrenching, Montimore has crafted an unforgettable story about the burdens of time, the endurance of love, and the power of family.


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"With its countless epiphanies and surprises, 'Oona' proves difficult to put down... Oona also reminds us that life is very much in the present, not in the moments that have passed us or the ones yet to come. And that is true no matter our age." ―USA Today

"Witty, humorous, heartwarming... Reminiscent of Liane Moriarty's What Alice Forgot and Kate Atkinson's Life After LifeOona Out of Order is a delightfully freewheeling romp." —Booklist (starred review)

"A compelling page-turner... Montimore delivers a rock-and-roll love letter to 1980s–90s New York City as Oona discovers her true self through a lifetime of music and pop culture. A perfect match for those who enjoy well-developed characters with a twist." —Library Journal (starred review)

A heartfelt novel that celebrates its implausibility with a unique joie de vivre.” —Kirkus Review

"Charming and cinematic... incredibly fun and begs to be read in book clubs." —Sarah Gelman, Amazon Book Review

"Witty, fantastical... surprising and touching." —Publishers Weekly

"By turns tragic and triumphant, heartbreakingly poignant and joyful, this is ultimately an uplifting and redemptive read." ―The Guardian

"Must Read" —Daily Express

Oona Out of Order takes a unique approach on time travel. With each turn of a new year, we see the plot move along with unexpected yet entertaining twists and turns. We learn at the end of the day, time is of the essence and love endures all." ―Associated Press

"Margarita Montimore has written a dazzling novel. This madcap opera, the story of Oona Lockhart's life told in full with scope and breadth in and out of sequence but never out of tune, is the perfect read for this moment. Modern, emotional, funny, ferocious, and spun with enough light and magic to fire up the Vegas strip, Oona Out of Order lands like a meteor." —Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Tony's Wife

"OONA OUT OF ORDER is a bold debut novel by a writer who’s not afraid to try something risky right out of the gate. I, for one, can’t wait to see what her future will look like." —Norah Piehl, Bookreporter

"A smart, funny, time-hopping journey around the last four decades.... Montimore's meditation on what always changes and what never will sparkles with hope and heart, perfect for readers who love a quirky, thought-provoking tale." —Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness

"The author has faultless control over her complicated plot in this hugely enjoyable book and makes excellent use of the possibilities of its key concept" —Morning Star

"This complex, wholly original tale of a woman finding herself across time will have you thinking about what it means to live in the moment — and how to make the most of every moment you’re given." 


"A fascinating and beautifully crafted tale which explores identity and relationships in one woman’s unpredictable and radically-changing world. Unputdownable and uplifting, what Montimore has penned is a treasure that will remind you of the importance of living life fully in the present." —Kim Michele Richardson​, bestselling author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek


Oona Out of Order is haunting—a fascinating, sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of life lived moment-to-moment.” —Emily Colin, bestselling author of The Memory Thief

Oona Out of Order is beautiful and heartbreaking, a novel about the nature of time and how life marches on, that you simply must read.” —PopSugar

"Looking for a lighthearted read? Maybe something that will remind you all to live your best life? ...A charming, quirky story about aging and self-discovery." —Book Riot

"Inventive" —Parade

"A touching novel that keeps readers guessing" —Real Simple

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