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Critics and readers alike hailed Swimming, Joanna Hershons 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 Charlottes international travels, the Greens home becomes progressively hollow, as nothing but Charlotte can fill the empty spaces.

With their mothers 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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Synopsis:

On the heels of her successful debut novel, "Swimming," Hershon brings us her highly-anticipated second novel, which explores the secrets of a fractured American family. It is a mesmerizing, beautifully written story that combs the emotional landscape of its characters with power and precision.

Synopsis:

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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:
9780345441836
Author:
Hershon, Joanna
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040427
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.92x5.34x.70 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345441836 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , On the heels of her successful debut novel, "Swimming," Hershon brings us her highly-anticipated second novel, which explores the secrets of a fractured American family. It is a mesmerizing, beautifully written story that combs the emotional landscape of its characters with power and precision.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

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