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The Hills at Homeby Nancy Clark
Synopses & Reviews
In the summer of 1989, three generations of the Hill family descend upon the quiet old manse of their maiden aunt, Lily. From Lily's brother, tough nut Uncle Harvey, to her laid-off-Wall-St.-banker nephew and his long-suffering wife; from her self-dramatizing niece to her mature-beyond-her-teenage-years grandniece — all the Hills are looking for something to do and someone to love. And though they claim to have come "just for a visit, " the summer ends and no one leaves. If all this weren't enough to drive the usually solitary Lily to her bedroom stronghold, there is suddenly a non-Hill in their midst: a graduate student with a tenuous connection to the family, who is researching the once-charmed world of the WASP. But he will also become the catalyst who unwittingly drives forward the shenanigans, misunderstandings, family growing pains, and Shakespearean romantic couplings that the novel has in store.
Directing this overflowing cast against the backdrop of the late 1980s recession and the sweeping political and economic changes taking place around the world, Nancy Clark delights us with her lively prose and her wry, wise, and affectionate exploration of the forces that strain and sustain a family.
"Finally, the Books section has a scoop: Jane Austen is alive. What's more shocking, the grandmother of social satire has moved in with Jonathan Franzen, and the two of them have produced a love child called The Hills at Home. How else to explain this allegedly debut novel from an unknown New Hampshire writer? Nancy Clark ? if she really exists ? has just published what is surely the wittiest family portrait in years...." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire CSM review)
"A witty debut....Charming, old-fashioned, and leisurely: Reminiscent of Elizabeth Bowen or Muriel Spark, with petty strifes rendered truly as both comic (in their pettiness) and poignant (in their strife)." Kirkus Reviews
"Debut novelist Clark observes this segment of New England gentry with an unsparing but affectionate eye....Warm and amusing, this novel has the old-fashioned virtue of good writing paired with a sprightly plot." Publishers Weekly
Directing an irrepressible New England clan against the backdrop of the late 1980s recession and the sweeping political and economic changes taking place around the world, Clark delights with her lively prose and her affectionate exploration of the forces that strain and sustain a family.
About the Author
Nancy Clark is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Trinity College. This is her first novel, and she is currently at work on a second novel about the Hill family. She lives in West Wilton, New Hampshire.
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