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Publisher Comments:

Praise for Heather Clay

The family in this novel is so vividly imagined that I am still thinking of them: not as characters but as real people, recent companions of mine who have been through a lot, and for whom I wish serenity and in time joy. Losing Charlotte marks the debut of a very gifted young writer.

--Ann Packer, author of The Dive from Clausen's Pier and Songs Without Words

Heather Clay is a graceful and assured new writer with a great gift for character: the people in her fiction are as complex, beautiful and real as they are in life. Losing Charlotte is a spellbinding first novel.

--Lauren Groff, author of Monsters of Templeton

Strong writing . . . . an auspicious debut.

--Mary Ellen Quinn, Booklist

An] arresting debut. . . . Highly recommended for those who enjoy themes about family and sibling relationships and fans of women's fiction a la Elizabeth Berg, Anne Lamott, Alice Hoffman, and Jodi Picoult.

--Shaunna Hunter, Library Journal

Heather Clay's writing style is dreamy, elliptical . . . She describes moments with beautiful precision and aptly relays the murky, battering numbness of grief.

--Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

Vivid . . . has] the ring of truth . . . Clay knows how to craft a realistic plot and characters who, under pressure, change in believable ways. Losing Charlotte is a promising debut.

--Margaret Quamme, The Columbus Dispatch

Clay's debut novel has plenty to say about familial relationships in general and sisterhood in particular.

--Kirkus Reviews

A] heart-wrenching debut novel. . . . Clay's characters are flawed yet fun, and her storytelling style is as endearing as an old friend's.

--Elisabeth Egan, Self Magazine

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Sisters Charlotte and Knox Bolling grew up intimately connected; yet their bond frayed as one of them sought to rebel. Their fates are forever intertwined when Charlotte dies giving birth to twin boys, and Knox steps into her sister's vanished life.

Synopsis:

Raised on their parents’ Kentucky horse farm, Charlotte and Knox Bolling grow up steeped in the cycles of breeding, foaling, weaning, and preparation for sale that the Thoroughbreds around them undergo each year. As sisters, they are as tightly connected within that vast and beautiful landscape as their opposing natures—and the subtly shifting allegiances within their close family—allow.

When Charlotte leaves Four Corners Farm, marries Bruce, and moves to Manhattan’s West Village, the sisters’ feelings for each other remain as intense and contradictory as ever, despite the distance between them. But nothing will solder their lives more fatefully than Charlotte’s pregnancy and the day on which she delivers twin boys, then dies of complications following their birth.

Together, Knox and Bruce—sister- and brother-in-law in name, but strangers in every other respect—take up the work of caring for Charlotte’s two motherless boys. In their mourning, and in the joy and desolation that flood in as their love for the children deepens, Bruce and Knox confront the ways in which their bonds to Charlotte have shaped them and struggle to define the tentative bond they are forming with each other as they navigate their exhausting, emotional daily rounds. A gripping, powerfully affecting debut novel from a stunning new writer.

About the Author

Heather Clay is a graduate of Middlebury College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She has published short fiction in The New Yorker and written for Parenting. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two daughters. This is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307593030
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Clay, Heather
Author:
Heather Clay
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Debut Fiction
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-DEBUT FICT
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100323
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
261

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Losing Charlotte
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Product details 261 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307593030 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Sisters Charlotte and Knox Bolling grew up intimately connected; yet their bond frayed as one of them sought to rebel. Their fates are forever intertwined when Charlotte dies giving birth to twin boys, and Knox steps into her sister's vanished life.
"Synopsis" by , Raised on their parents’ Kentucky horse farm, Charlotte and Knox Bolling grow up steeped in the cycles of breeding, foaling, weaning, and preparation for sale that the Thoroughbreds around them undergo each year. As sisters, they are as tightly connected within that vast and beautiful landscape as their opposing natures—and the subtly shifting allegiances within their close family—allow.

When Charlotte leaves Four Corners Farm, marries Bruce, and moves to Manhattan’s West Village, the sisters’ feelings for each other remain as intense and contradictory as ever, despite the distance between them. But nothing will solder their lives more fatefully than Charlotte’s pregnancy and the day on which she delivers twin boys, then dies of complications following their birth.

Together, Knox and Bruce—sister- and brother-in-law in name, but strangers in every other respect—take up the work of caring for Charlotte’s two motherless boys. In their mourning, and in the joy and desolation that flood in as their love for the children deepens, Bruce and Knox confront the ways in which their bonds to Charlotte have shaped them and struggle to define the tentative bond they are forming with each other as they navigate their exhausting, emotional daily rounds. A gripping, powerfully affecting debut novel from a stunning new writer.

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