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Returning to the Furey-Cooper family Martha McPhee introduced in Bright Angel Time, Gorgeous Lies opens two decades later. Charismatic therapist Anton Furey is dying, and the tribe he heads--his five children, his wife's three girls, and their uniting child, Alice--has returned to Chardin, the farm where they grew up and Anton played out his visions of communal living. Chronicled by film crews and reporters, they had been famous for being the new American blended family. But as Anton grows weaker, the hurts, allegiances, and betrayals of those years boil to the surface, and the children find themselves reliving the knotty intimacy they share as they struggle to make their peace with Anton and Anton struggles to make peace with himself.

McPhee has already established herself as an acclaimed new talent; now she fulfills her promise. With shimmering prose and an acutely observant eye, she has created a portrait of an era and a family that explores the limits, and obligations, of love.

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Acclaimed by critics, Martha McPhee's debut Bright Angel Time established her as a dazzling new talent in American fiction; she fulfills her promise and breaks ambitious new ground with Gorgeous Lies. Charismatic therapist Anton Furey is dying, and the tribe he heads-his five children, his wife's three, and their uniting child, Alice-has returned to Chardin, the farm where they grew up and played out Anton's vision of communal living. They had been famous for being the new American blended family, their utopian lifestyle chronicled by film crews and reporters. But as Anton grows weaker, the hurts and betrayals of those years boil to the surface, and the children find themselves reliving the knotty intimacies they share as they struggle to make their peace with Anton. With shimmering prose and an acutely observant eye, McPhee has created a portrait of an era and a family that explores the limits, and obligations, of love.

About the Author

Martha McPhee is a Bowdoin graduate and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Redbook, Open City, Harper's Bazaar, and other journals. She is the author of Bright Angel Time, a New York Times Notable Book, and coauthor with Jenny and Laura McPhee of Girls. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151006137
Author:
McPhee, Martha
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
McPhee
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Father and child
Subject:
Parent and adult child
Subject:
Stepfamilies
Subject:
Communal living
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Terminally ill parents
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 2000-09
Publication Date:
20031006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Acclaimed by critics, Martha McPhee's debut Bright Angel Time established her as a dazzling new talent in American fiction; she fulfills her promise and breaks ambitious new ground with Gorgeous Lies. Charismatic therapist Anton Furey is dying, and the tribe he heads-his five children, his wife's three, and their uniting child, Alice-has returned to Chardin, the farm where they grew up and played out Anton's vision of communal living. They had been famous for being the new American blended family, their utopian lifestyle chronicled by film crews and reporters. But as Anton grows weaker, the hurts and betrayals of those years boil to the surface, and the children find themselves reliving the knotty intimacies they share as they struggle to make their peace with Anton. With shimmering prose and an acutely observant eye, McPhee has created a portrait of an era and a family that explores the limits, and obligations, of love.

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