Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

eBook - 2007
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Award-winning writer Stewart O'Nan has been acclaimed by critics as one of the most accomplished novelists writing today. Now comes his finest and most complete novel to date. A year after the death of her husband, Henry, Emily Maxwell gathers her family by Lake Chautauqua in western New York for what will be a last vacation at their summer cottage. Joining is her sister-in-law, who silently mourns the sale of the lake house, and a long-lost love. Emily's firebrand daughter, a recovering alcoholic recently separated from her husband, brings her children from Detroit. Emily's son, who has quit his job and mortgaged his future to pursue his art, comes accompanied by his children and his wife, who is secretly heartened to be visiting the house for the last time. Memories of past summers resurface, old rivalries flare up, and love is rekindled and born anew, resulting in a timeless novel drawn, as the best writing often is, from the ebbs and flow of daily life.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2007
ISBN: 9781555847913
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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A year after the death of her husband, Emily Maxwell summons her family to their vacation home on Lake Chautauqua in western New York state, bringing together three generations for one last reunion before selling the house.

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Jul 23, 2012

So far, this is my favorite of Stewart O'Nan's books, and I've read almost all of them. He gets in the mind of his characters making them memorable and the story hard to put down. His characters are all believable, of all ages and genders and each have a point of view he goes back to as he tells their story. He lets the reader get to know them well, flaws and all, and care about them and what happens to them.

May 22, 2012

Exquisite character study of 8 family members who vacation together one last time at their lakefront summer cottage. A good fit for fans of Richard Russo and Anne Tyler.


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