Oona Out of Order (Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

Oona Out of Order  is a work of fiction that genuinely encouraged me to reflect upon my own mortality and the trajectory of my life. Oona wakes up on her birthday every year in a different part of her life. The difficulty this imposes is fascinating. Pop culture and music is ever present, as Oona is a musician and chapter titles are taken from song titles or lyrics. What would it be to live your life out of order? To instinctively want to second guess and redo what you saw as failures? At the heart, OONA OUT OF ORDER is about mastering the art of living in the moment and it is a terribly fun romp. 

— Rachel Watkins


Just because life may be 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 in her 51 year old body thirty-two years into the future. 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 traveller? 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.

About the Author

After receiving a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Margarita Montimore worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and dog.

Praise For…

"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 Tony's Wife

" 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, author of The Memory Thief

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250236609
ISBN-10: 1250236606
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: February 25th, 2020
Pages: 352