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"A highly entertaining, vivid evocation of love and marriage." –The New York Times Book Review

Its been decades since Nick cast off his impossible, contentious, embarrassingly working-class parents: gruff, stingy, explosive Ken, and Pearl, who seemed to revert to a primal state of nature after a divorce that both of them managed to blame on Nick. Enjoying the life of the country gentleman that hes made for himself with impeccably turned-out Astrid and her daughter, Laura, Nick has kept only the slenderest connection to his brother, Dave, whos stuck with the role of ambassador in a family thats long settled into cold war.

            Then Ken decides that the year of his death has arrived, and kicks off an ill-conceived quest to reunite his family before he meets his fate. Bringing to this tinderbox the park it needs, Louise Dean, award-winning author of Becoming Strangers and several more acclaimed novels, sends up the whole clan, each of them fatally flawed, yet saved by hidden grace, and illuminates their clashes of generation, gender, class, and temperament, in a riotous, compassionate, and truly memorable family saga.

Synopsis:

"A highly entertaining, vivid evocation of love and marriage" (The New York Times Book Review)

It's been decades since Nick cast off his divorced, contentious, embarrassingly working-class parents, leaving the role of ambassador to his brother Dave. But then Nick's father decides that the year of his death has arrived, kicking off an ill-conceived quest to reunite his family. Bringing to this tinderbox just the spark it needs, Louise Dean sends up the whole clan, each of them flawed and saved by hidden grace, and illuminates their clashes of generation, gender, class, and temperament in a riotuous and compassionate conflagration.

About the Author

Louise Dean is the author of three previous novels. She lives in Kent, England, with her three children. Author website: louisedean.com

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594485633
Author:
Dean, Louise
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.01 x 5.15 x 0.97 in 0.62 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"A highly entertaining, vivid evocation of love and marriage" (The New York Times Book Review)

It's been decades since Nick cast off his divorced, contentious, embarrassingly working-class parents, leaving the role of ambassador to his brother Dave. But then Nick's father decides that the year of his death has arrived, kicking off an ill-conceived quest to reunite his family. Bringing to this tinderbox just the spark it needs, Louise Dean sends up the whole clan, each of them flawed and saved by hidden grace, and illuminates their clashes of generation, gender, class, and temperament in a riotuous and compassionate conflagration.

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