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Critics and readers alike hailed Swimming, Joanna Hershon’s fiction debut. “Compelling,” said the Washington Post, while Vanity Fair called Swimming a “page-turning premiere.” Now Hershon brings us her anticipated second novel, in which she vividly explores the secrets of an American family. The Outside of August is a mesmerizing, beautifully written story that combs the emotional landscape of its characters with power and precision.

For as long as Alice Green can remember, her elusive mother, Charlotte, has moved in and out of family life—disappearing relentlessly and often without explanation. Despite the exotic clutter of souvenirs that detail Charlotte’s international travels, the Green’s home becomes progressively hollow, as nothing but Charlotte can fill the empty spaces.

With their mother’s tenuous presence, and their tender but distant father working long hours, Alice and her brother, August, react in different ways. While seeking constant affection from other women, August relies on an unspoken bond with Charlotte that allows him a certain freedom. But Alice feels no such security and grows increasingly unmoored, always in search of ways to keep her mother at home.

When, years later, her unfettered brother becomes strangely remote, Alice journeys to find him in an isolated beach town. It is there that a deeply buried secret will have to unravel in order for Alice to come to terms with her fractured family and her place within it—and learn to let go of a mother she perhaps never really knew.

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The prolonged absences of her frequently absent, peripatetic mother, Charlotte, have a profound impact on her children as Alice grows increasingly unconnected and her brother, August, uses his tenuous bond with Charlotte to achieve a certain freedom, until, years later, the revelation of a long-buried secret forces Alice to come to terms with her dysfunctional family. Reader's Guide included. Reprint.

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Joanna Hershon is the acclaimed author of Swimming. She received a masters of fine arts in fiction from Columbia University. She has been an Edward Albee Writing Fellow and a twice-produced playwright in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Derek Buckner, a painter.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307489265
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Marriage
Author:
Hershon, Joanna
Author:
Joanna Hershon
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Self-Help/Relationships
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040427
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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Product details 336 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307489265 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The prolonged absences of her frequently absent, peripatetic mother, Charlotte, have a profound impact on her children as Alice grows increasingly unconnected and her brother, August, uses his tenuous bond with Charlotte to achieve a certain freedom, until, years later, the revelation of a long-buried secret forces Alice to come to terms with her dysfunctional family. Reader's Guide included. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , Joanna Hershon is the acclaimed author of Swimming. She received a masters of fine arts in fiction from Columbia University. She has been an Edward Albee Writing Fellow and a twice-produced playwright in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Derek Buckner, a painter.

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