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Tender Land : Family Love Story (00 Edition)by Kathleen Finneran
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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.
"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
"The Tender Land reminds us of how complicated, unique, and fragile an organism the family is." Boston Globe
"Great writers change us. Kathleen Finneran fits in this niche...Her prose sings." USA Today
"Beautifully written...Like life itself, this memoir evokes both sadness and joy." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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
"[A]n absorbing and thoughtful memoir and an outstanding first book. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"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
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.
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