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Publisher Comments:

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

Poignant.--Boston Globe

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

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588368669
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Chenoweth, Emily
Author:
Emily Chenoweth
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Pacific Northwest-Literature Folklore and Memoirs
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090505
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
273

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Product details 273 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588368669 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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