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Acts of God is a compelling novel of childhood and its secrets--about how the sins of the fathers transform the next generation. Part psychological thriller, part family drama, it is the story of Tess Winterstone, the daughter of an insurance agent who took his children with him when he visited farmlands devastated by natural disasters. Yet in his own way Victor Winterstone brought disaster with him.


For thirty years, Tess has avoided the Illinois town where she grew up, but when her children send her there to attend a reunion, she is flooded with memories. She is also forced to confront the betrayal by her father that she's denied for decades. At the same time, she finds herself immersed in a drama that will lead to a childhood friend's unraveling.


Masterfully weaving together the complexities of family love with the dark underside of a rosy 1950s suburban life, Morris movingly portrays a woman coming to terms with her past, and ultimately with herself.

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Part psychological thriller, part family drama, this story follows Tess Winterstone as she returns home after 30 years to attend a reunion. While there, she is forced to confront the memories that have kept her away so long.

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In Anita Nairs warm and imaginative first novel, middle-aged bachelor Mukundan returns to his native Indian village and is haunted by the past. Determined to conquer old ghosts, Mukundan decides to restore his childhood home and hires One-Screw-Loose Bhasi, an outcast painter, to oversee the renovations. A practitioner of a unique style of healing, Bhasi sets about mending his troubled friend, but the durability of Mukundans transformation into a better man is soon called into question. With humor, wisdom, and a keen understanding of human frailty, Anita Nair has written a playful and moving account of the redemptive power of friendship.

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When Tess Winterstone returns to her suburban childhood home after almost 30 years to attend a high school reunion, memories flood back, firmly shut doors open, and the betrayal by her father decades earlier comes to rest. Masterfully weaving the complexities of familial love and rosy 1950s suburban life with the dark underside of such a reality, Mary Morris movingly portrays a woman coming to terms with a warm and charming father's duplicity.

About the Author

Mary Morris is a recipient of the Rome Prize for Literature and teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also author of the novels House Arrest and The Night Sky and the travel memoirs Angels & Aliens and Nothing to Declare. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312246631
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Morris, Mary
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Family reunions
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Suburban life
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 98-3237
Publication Date:
20000902
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.588 in

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Product details 256 pages Picador USA - English 9780312246631 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Part psychological thriller, part family drama, this story follows Tess Winterstone as she returns home after 30 years to attend a reunion. While there, she is forced to confront the memories that have kept her away so long.
"Synopsis" by ,
In Anita Nairs warm and imaginative first novel, middle-aged bachelor Mukundan returns to his native Indian village and is haunted by the past. Determined to conquer old ghosts, Mukundan decides to restore his childhood home and hires One-Screw-Loose Bhasi, an outcast painter, to oversee the renovations. A practitioner of a unique style of healing, Bhasi sets about mending his troubled friend, but the durability of Mukundans transformation into a better man is soon called into question. With humor, wisdom, and a keen understanding of human frailty, Anita Nair has written a playful and moving account of the redemptive power of friendship.

"Synopsis" by ,
When Tess Winterstone returns to her suburban childhood home after almost 30 years to attend a high school reunion, memories flood back, firmly shut doors open, and the betrayal by her father decades earlier comes to rest. Masterfully weaving the complexities of familial love and rosy 1950s suburban life with the dark underside of such a reality, Mary Morris movingly portrays a woman coming to terms with a warm and charming father's duplicity.
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