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A superb portrait of family life, The Tender Land is a love story unlike any other. The Finnerans — parents and five children, Irish Catholics in St. Louis — are a seemingly unexceptional family. Theirs is a story seldom told, yet it makes manifest how rich and truly extraordinary the ordinary daily experience we take for granted is. In quietly luminous language, Kathleen Finneran renders the emotional, spiritual, and physical terrain of family life — its closeness and disconnection, its intimacy and estrangement — and pays tribute to the love between parents and children, brothers and sisters.

Ultimately, it is this love that sustains the Finnerans, for at the heart of The Tender Land lies a catastrophic event: the suicide at fifteen of the author's younger brother after a public humiliation in junior high school. A gentle, handsome boy, Sean was a straight-A student and gifted athlete, especially treasured by every member of his family. Masterfully, the book interweaves past and present, showing how inseparable they are, and how the long accumulation of love and memory helps the Finnerans survive their terrible loss.

The Tender Land is a testament to the always complicated ways in which we love one another. In the end, the Finnerans are a family much like the reader's own: like every other family, like no other family.

Review:

"The Tender Land is a strikingly original, formally dazzling family mystery. I've read very few contemporary novels that can rival Finneran's nonfiction. She's totally got the chops." Jonathan Franzen

Review:

"The Tender Land reminds us of how complicated, unique, and fragile an organism the family is." Boston Globe

Review:

"Great writers change us. Kathleen Finneran fits in this niche...Her prose sings." USA Today

Review:

"Beautifully written...Like life itself, this memoir evokes both sadness and joy." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Review:

"Unforgettable in its restraint and quiet beauty, Finneran's debut memoir lovingly reveals her family's tragic history and her own painful coming of age." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A]n absorbing and thoughtful memoir and an outstanding first book. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"If Sean is an angel, as his mother believes, he is surely alight with the joy of his sister's devotion and her own victory over the demons he knew." Booklist

Synopsis:

At the heart of this superb family portrait lies a catastrophic event: the suicide at 15 of the author's younger brother. In quiet, luminous language, Finneran deftly interweaves past and present, showing how the long accumulation of love helps her family overcome its terrible loss.

About the Author

Kathleen Finneran was born and raised in St. Louis. She is a graduate of Washington University. The Tender Land is her first book. Finneran has received a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim fellowship for her writing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618340743
Author:
Finneran, Kathleen
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Suicide
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
June 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.28x5.56x.74 in. .65 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618340743 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Tender Land is a strikingly original, formally dazzling family mystery. I've read very few contemporary novels that can rival Finneran's nonfiction. She's totally got the chops."
"Review" by , "The Tender Land reminds us of how complicated, unique, and fragile an organism the family is."
"Review" by , "Great writers change us. Kathleen Finneran fits in this niche...Her prose sings."
"Review" by , "Beautifully written...Like life itself, this memoir evokes both sadness and joy."
"Review" by , "Unforgettable in its restraint and quiet beauty, Finneran's debut memoir lovingly reveals her family's tragic history and her own painful coming of age."
"Review" by , "[A]n absorbing and thoughtful memoir and an outstanding first book. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "If Sean is an angel, as his mother believes, he is surely alight with the joy of his sister's devotion and her own victory over the demons he knew."
"Synopsis" by , At the heart of this superb family portrait lies a catastrophic event: the suicide at 15 of the author's younger brother. In quiet, luminous language, Finneran deftly interweaves past and present, showing how the long accumulation of love helps her family overcome its terrible loss.
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