A modern love story, I Regret Everything confronts the oceanic uncertainty of what it means to be alive, and in love. Jeremy Best, a Manhattan-based trusts and estates lawyer, leads a second life as published poet Jinx Bell. To his boss’s daughter, Spaulding Simonson, at 33 years old, Jeremy is already halfway to dead. When Spaulding, an aspiring 19-year-old writer, discovers Mr. Best’s alter poetic ego, the two become bound by a devotion to poetry, and an awareness that time in this world is limited. Their budding relationship strikes at the universality of love and loss, as Jeremy and Spaulding confront their vulnerabilities, revealing themselves to one another and the world for the very first time.

A skilled satirist with a talent for biting humor, Greenland creates fully realized characters that quickly reveal themselves as complex renderings of the human condition – at its very best, and utter worst. I Regret Everything explores happiness and heartache with a healthy dose of skepticism, and an understanding that the reality of love encompasses life, death, iambic pentameter, regret, trusts and estates.



Greenland’s fourth novel proves affecting and funny.
— Carmela Ciuraru, New York Times
Greenland hits all the right notes for this fledgling romance—attraction, uncertainty, self-consciousness—as the main characters tell the story in distinctive voices. His playful, well-crafted writing captures personality or atmosphere in a few phrases, and the characters’ self-assessments reveal the rich inner lives driving their actions.
— Bridget Thoreson, Booklist
I Regret Everything: A Love Story is an intoxicating and ultimately moving modern romance…Greenland’s a skilled satirist who can’t help but pepper the book with wit.
Los Angeles Review of Books
I was under the spell of the book and the fierce message at its core — “Never give in” — and its acute sense of the velocity of time. Days later, I’m still touched, inspired and wounded by I Regret Everything. Consider yourselves warned.
— Jesse Kornbluth,
Edgy and sweet, witty and wise, I Regret Everything is rollicking good fun. It’s also, in the end, a deeply moving love story between two unforgettable characters discovering what it means to truly be alive.
— Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go Bernadette
But there is also real warmth, wit and irreverence woven throughout this thoroughly readable tale.
— Rebecca Stropoli, BookPage


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