• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (June 12, 2012)
Jean Copeland, an emotionally withdrawn wife and mother of two, has taken a secret lover—only to lose him in a moment of tragedy that leaves her reeling. Her husband, Gordon, is oblivious, distracted by the fear that he’s losing his most prized asset: his memory. Daughter Priscilla (a pill since birth—don’t get us started) is talking about clothes, or TV, or whatever, and hatching a plan to extend her maddening reach to all of America. Nine-year-old Otis is torn between his two greatest loves: crossword puzzles and his new girlfriend.
At the back of the house, grandfather Theodore is in the early throes of Parkinson’s disease. (And he’s fine with it—as long as they continue to let him walk the damn dog alone.) And Vivian, the family’s ninety-eight-year-old matriarch, is a razor-sharp grande dame who suffers no fools…and still harbors secret dreams of her own.
With empathy, humor, and an unforgettable voice, Elizabeth Crane reveals what one family finds when everyone goes looking for meaning in all the wrong places.
Elizabeth Crane is the author of the story collections When the Messenger Is Hot, All This Heavenly Glory, and You Must Be This Happy to Enter. Her work has been featured in McSweeney’s The Future Dictionary of America, The Best Underground Fiction, and elsewhere. This is her first novel.
Elizabeth’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, June 12th: The House of the Seven Tails
Thursday, June 14th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, June 18th: Just Joanna
Tuesday, June 19th: BookNAround
Thursday, June 21st: nomadreader
Thursday, June 28th: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, July 5th: lit*chick
Thursday, July 12th: Shall Write
Tuesday, July 31st: Books and Movies
Monday, September 3rd: Buried in Print