In her powerful debut magical realism novel, Elizabeth Mitchell crafts a story of palpable love and longing. With deft language that engages readers’ hearts, I NEVER STOPPED explores grief, loss, and the many stages of healing.

Francesca’s partner–her everything–is dead. After eleven months of listless grief, Francesca leaves Sloane’s memory in San Francisco to visit Italy and her mother. Surrounded by fresh pasta, never-ending wine, and laughter, she finds moments of solace. When Francesca meets Cecelia–a complex love interest, she begins to picture a future without Sloane.

Unbeknownst to Francesca, Sloane can’t let go. Trapped in the mysterious afterlife of The Gray, she’s desperate to contact her love, but limited by forces she doesn’t understand. Though Francesca is so near Sloane can almost smell her hair, she’s always just out of reach. As Francesca’s wounds begin to heal in Italy, Sloane struggles with how her presence may affect Francesca’s tenuous new life. 

Can Francesca start a new life in Italy, and will Cecelia be a part of it? And what will become of Sloane?

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For your ears’ pleasure, I present you with the playlist I created and listened to while writing I Never Stopped. I suggest you listen to it while reading, and ignore the videos–some are different vibes than the novel, despite the music suggesting otherwise.

*Theme song: Lea Michele & Ashely Tisdale’s version of ‘Dancing On My Own’