Our Short History

Author:   Lauren Grodstein
Publisher:   Large Print Press
Edition:   Large type / large print edition
ISBN:  

9781432839239


Pages:   462
Publication Date:   19 July 2017
Format:   Paperback
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-Lauren Grodstein breaks your heart, then miraculously pieces it back together so it's bigger--and stronger--than before.- --Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You How can a woman learn to let go of the people she loves the most? Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant and single mother, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She's had to be: when Jacob's father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn't in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave her intention was to raise their child alone. But now Jake is asking to meet his dad, and with good reason: Karen is dying. When she finally calls her ex, she's shocked to find Dave ecstatic about the son he never knew he had. First, he can't meet Jake fast enough, and then he can't seem to leave him alone. Karen quickly grows anxious as she watches Dave insinuate himself into Jake's life just as her own strength and hold on Jake grow more tenuous. As she struggles to play out her last days in the -right- way for Jake, Karen wrestles with the knowledge that the only thing she cannot bring herself to do for her son--let his father become a permanent part of his life--is the thing he needs from her the most. With heart-wrenching poignancy, unexpected wit, and mordant humor, Lauren Grodstein has created an unforgettable story about parenthood, sacrifice, and life itself.

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Author:   Lauren Grodstein
Publisher:   Large Print Press
Imprint:   Large Print Press
Edition:   Large type / large print edition
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 21.80cm
Weight:   0.590kg
ISBN:  

9781432839239


ISBN 10:   1432839233
Pages:   462
Publication Date:   19 July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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-In Our Short History, Lauren Grodstein breaks your heart, then miraculously pieces it back together so it's bigger--and stronger--than before. This novel will leave you appreciating both the messiness of life and the immense depths of love.---Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You --Grodstein's heartbreaking, character-driven story is told in the remarkable, believable voice of a courageous, sympathetic character.- --Library Journal, starred review -Lauren Grodstein has written a book with such a complicated range of emotion that I can't quite understand how she does it. In highlighting the fragility and depth of the relationship between a parent and a child, Grodstein miraculously makes you love the complexity of this world even as it tears you apart. Our Short History is a novel that will reverberate in your heart long after you finish it.---Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang -Funny and fast-paced and extraordinarily insightful on every page. . . . Anyone lucky enough to get roughed-up by Grodstein's devastating, fearlessly honest, often hilarious, gorgeously written novel will exit it changed.---Karen Russell, author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove -Karen is a character many will love--determined, flawed, loving, witty. . . . a poignant and realistic portrait.- --Kirkus Reviews -A meditation on love and grief . . . Lauded novelist Lauren Grodstein plunges into both beautiful and ugly emotions without hesitation.---Bookpage -Fans of Wit and Life and Other Near-Death Experiences will love Karen's unflinchingly honest journey.---Booklist, starred review -Grodstein deftly explores family relationships.---Publishers Weekly -This gave me all the feels. I didn't want it to end.---Jaime Herndon, Book Riot -A tender, heartrending book.---Flavorwire -Poignant.---Harper's Bazaar


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LAUREN GRODSTEIN is the author of four previous works of fiction, including the New York Times bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, which was a Washington Post Best Book Pick, a New York Times Editor's Pick, a BookPage Best Book, and an Indie Next Pick. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Her website is www.laurengrodstein.com.

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