What it Was Like

Peter Seth

Story Plant paperback

ISBN: 978-1-61188-190-5

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-943486-15-1

Publication date:  September 2, 2014

466 pages

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“I was the world’s rudest houseguest the weekend I brought along What It Was Like.”

— Kate Klimo, Author of The Dragon Keepers and The Dog Diaries

“A great beginning of a career for Peter Seth.”

— Literarily Illumined

"It's like Gone Girl meets Endless Love. A terrific story filled with fascinating characters."

— Ethan Cross, international best-selling author of The Shepherd

“It’s really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They’re right. I did some extremely foolish things; I’m the first to say it. And they’ve left me in jail and alone.”


So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.


It is the summer of 1968 and a young man takes a job at a camp in upstate New York before starting his first semester at Columbia University. There, he meets Rachel Price, a fellow counselor who is as beautiful as she is haunted. Their romance will burn with a passion neither of them has ever known before…a passion with the power to destroy.


In the tradition of Endless Love and Gone GirlWhat It Was Like is an intimate, raw, and revealing journey through the landscape of all-consuming love. It announces the debut of a remarkable storyteller.

About the Author...

Peter Seth is a writer living in Los Angeles. He has written for television shows produced by Gary David Goldberg (“Brooklyn Bridge”) and Glenn Gordon Caron (“Showroom”). He wrote, produced, and directed the award-winning short film Lunch with Louie, which appeared in more than thirty-five film festivals around the world. He was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. What It Was Like is his first novel.

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