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ISBN13: 9781400065172
ISBN10: 1400065178
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In a single week, a family leaves behind its past and a daughter awakens to the future in Emily Chenoweths intimate and beautifully crafted debut novel.

In the winter of 1990, Helen Hansen-counselor, wife, and mother in the prime of her life-is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The following August, Helen, her husband, Elliott, and their daughter, Abby, a freshman in college, take a trip to northern New Hampshire, where Helen will be able to say goodbye to a lifetime of friends. Ensconced in a historic resort in the White Mountains-a place where afternoon cocktails are served on the veranda and men are expected to wear jackets after six-the Hansens and their guests must improvise their own rituals of remembrance and reconnection.

For Elliott, the trip is a parting gift to his beloved wife, as well as some needed respite from the caretaking duties that have become his main work. For Helen and the procession of old friends who come to pay their respects, the days offer a poignant celebration of a dear, too-brief life. And for Abby, still unaware that her mothers cancer is terminal, the week brings a surprising conflict between loyalty and desire as, drawn by the youthful, spirited hotel staff, she finds herself caught between the affections of two very different young men.

Heartbreaking and luminous, Hello Goodbye deftly explores a familys struggle with love and loss, as a summer vacation becomes an occasion for awakening rather than farewell, and life inevitably blossoms in the face of death.

About the Author

Emily Chenoweth is a former fiction editor of Publishers Weekly. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Bookforum, and People, among other publications. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Cara Holman, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Cara Holman)
A bittersweet story of love and loss, that rings true with every word.
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ccqdesigns, November 1, 2009 (view all comments by ccqdesigns)
This book has taken my breath away. It is a heart wrenching tale of a family in crisis trying to get through it with love, honesty and courage. Emily Chenoweth has once again painted such a wonderful picture that even includes the cat named Pig that Elliot taught to stand on her hind legs and beg to the Peacock named The Duke. Her attention to detail in all aspects of her writing bring the page to life, leave me wanting more and looking for the next chapter at the last page.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400065172
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Chenoweth, Emily
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090505
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.2 x 1 in 1.05 lb

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