Lisa Grunwald, author of The Irresistible Henry House, on tour August 2011

Posted By on March 29, 2011

About The Irresistible Henry House

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (August 16, 2011)

It is the middle of the twentieth century, and in a home economics program at a prominent university, real babies are being used to teach mothering skills to young women. For a young man raised in these unlikely circumstances, finding real love and learning to trust will prove to be the work of a lifetime. In this captivating novel, bestselling author Lisa Grunwald gives us the sweeping tale of an irresistible hero and the many women who love him.

From his earliest days as a “practice baby” through his adult adventures in 1960s New York City, Disney’s Burbank studios, and the delirious world of the Beatles’ London, Henry remains handsome, charming, universally adored—and never entirely accessible to the many women he conquers but can never entirely trust.

Filled with unforgettable characters, settings, and action, The Irresistible Henry House portrays the cultural tumult of the mid-twentieth century even as it explores the inner tumult of a young man trying to transcend a damaged childhood. For it is not until Henry House comes face-to-face with the real truths of his past that he finds a chance for real love.

Like T.S. Garp, Forrest Gump or Benjamin Button, Henry House, the hero of Grunwald’s imaginative take on a little known aspect of American academic life, has an unusual upbringing….Grunwald nails the era just as she ingeniously uses Henry and the women in his life to illuminate the heady rush of sexual freedom (and confusion) that signified mid-century life.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review and “Pick of the Week”
“A smart, enjoyable read that will leave you with a pleasing thought: Even for guys who just aren’t that into anyone, there’s hope.” —Kim Hubbard, People Magazine

About Lisa Grunwald

Lisa Grunwald is the author of the novels Whatever Makes You HappyNew Year’s EveThe Theory of Everything, and Summer. Along with her husband, journalist Stephen J. Adler, she edited the bestselling anthologies  Women’s Letters and Letters of the Century. Grunwald is a former contributing editor to Life and a former features editor of Esquire. She and Adler live in New York City with their two children.

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Lisa Grunwald’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, August 8th:  Unabridged Chick

Thursday, August 11th:  The Broke and the Bookish

Monday, August 15th:  Nomad Reader

Tuesday, August 16th:  Luxury Reading

Wednesday, August 17th:  Jenn’s Bookshelves

Friday, August 19th:  The Literate Housewife Review

Tuesday, August 23rd:  Melody & Words

Wednesday, August 24th:  BookNAround

Thursday, August 25th:  Life in Review

Monday, August 29th:  Book Club Classics

Monday, August 29th:  Knowing the Difference

Wednesday, August 31st:  Write Meg!


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