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Hello Goodbye: A Novelby Emily Chenoweth
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A tender ode to empathy. . . Chenoweth intimately recalls the painful and thrilling uncertainty of the cusp of adulthood, and Abby fills this novel with energy and hope ... Every page of this books serves as an affirmation of the terrible, wrenching beauty of life.--Elle
What should be a wistful, melancholy tale of grief is somehow anything but; in Emily Chenoweth's graceful hands, Abby is learning to live as her mother is learning to die.--Entertainment Weekly, A-
Elegantly crafted . . . entwines a teenage girl's awakening with the heartrending grief of her mother's passing.--Vanity Fair
Grave and compelling . . . equal parts riveting and real, tender and merciless. Her characters are utterly convincing, human in their complexity and contradiction, their bravado and fragility ... Perhaps what I admire most about Hello Goodbye is how deftly Chenoweth takes on painful subject matter without sinking into either sentimentality or despair. Her gaze is unflinching, but her hand is light, and though this novel is at times harrowing, it's also a page-turner. This book broke my heart, but like all things capable of breaking our hearts, it has the spark of life.-- The Oregonian
Offers a different sort of balm in troubled times: the simple inspiration of a family facing a terminal illness with as much grace as it can muster ... It isn't just a meditation on grief and death. Abby's coming-of-age story brings a lot of life and humor to the book ... A lovely read.--Dallas Morning News
An understated debut novel of great beauty and power . . . Heartbreaking yet unsentimental.--Kirkus
Moving and assured . . . Chenoweth's smart, unsentimental and poignant takes on living and dying ring true, and her exploration of coming-of-age and coming to terms with mortality is divine.--Publishers Weekly, starred
Chenoweth has] uncanny memories for the tenderest details of teenage emotions, mixed with impossibly sharp but sympathetic powers of retrospection. --New York Times, on Chenoweth's essay in the anthology The Friend Who Got Away
Hello, Goodbye casts a kind eye on grief, and the love it arises from. Emily Chenoweth turns her illuminating intelligence on the ordinary moments of life and finds a poignant beauty in every one, gradually revealing the complex hearts of her characters as death overtakes the woman at the center of their world.--Heidi Jon Schmidt, author of The Bride of Catastrophe
Hello Goodbye is compelling and convincing, filled with insight about family and the peculiar drama of living among others with whom we share, under mortal pressure, imperfect understanding and love. Chenoweth's characters are as elusively ordinary as garden butterflies, and she pins them to the mat with surgical delicacy.--Carolyn Cooke, author of The Bostons
Hello Goodbye is a beautiful novel about a family on the brink of loss. Chenoweth's eye for telling detail is as sure as her language
A heartbreaking, beautifully-crafted debut novel about friendship, loyalty, and growing up--"Hello Goodbye" follows a dying woman's final vacation with her family at a lavish New England resort.
A family travels to a New Hampshire resort to allow their dying mother a week to say goodbye to friends, as their daughter, who doesn't know that her mother's condition is terminal, explores her feelings about love and family.
About the Author
EMILY CHENOWETH is a former fiction editor of Publishers Weekly. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Bookforum, and People, among other publications. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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