Lauren is a curator at the National Aboriginal Gallery in Canberra. It's easy for her to focus on work - that is, when she's not focusing on Adam, the halfback for the Canberra Cockatoos. But Adam is a player, on and off the field. To everyone other than Lauren, it is clear that Adam doesn't want to be in a relationship at all. In a few short months Adam is involved in one too many scandals that make the press. Lauren is shattered and breaks it off though she can't quite let go. Lauren successfully applies for her dream job at the Smithsonian in New York. She leaves for the Big Apple, telling herself that Adam will miss her so much he will see the light and eventually come begging. Once landing in NYC, Lauren's life goes into overdrive with the preparation of the exhibition, and marvelling at the city that never sleeps. There are a lot of men in New York who flirt with Lauren. They really like her, and they LOVE her accent. She goes on dates trying to get Adam out of her system and eventually starts to think that she might never have another boyfriend again, because it is much more fun, and better for her self-esteem to be single in New York.
But when Adam appears on her doorstep six months later, having apparently had the epiphany she was waiting for, Lauren is confused. Adam says he wants her back. The exhibition Lauren has been working on is complete and she has to make some big decisions: The Man or Manhattan?
Anita Heiss is the author of Yirra and her Deadly Dog, Demon; I'm Not Racist, But... and My Story: The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Young People's History Prize.