Emily Perkins, author of The Forrests, on tour August 2012

Posted By on May 22, 2012

About The Forrests

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)

For fans of Zoë Heller and Zadie Smith, a vibrant and vital novel about the way family—with its dysfunctional bonds, sibling love, and rivalry—enduringly defines us.

Dorothy Forrest is immersed in the sensory world around her; she lives in the flickering moment. From the age of seven, when her odd, disenfranchised family moves from New York to the wide skies of New Zealand, to the very end of her life, this is her great gift and possible misfortune.

From the wilderness of a commune to falling in love to early marriage and motherhood, from the glorious anguish of parenting to the loss of everything worked for and the unexpected return oflove, Dorothy is swept along by time. Her family looms and recedes, revelations come to light, death changes everything, but somehow life remains as potent as it ever was, and the joy in just being won’t let her go.

In a narrative that shifts and moves, singing with color and memory, growing as wild as its characters, The Forrests speaks to the unexpected ways in which life can change—“if you’re lucky enough to be around for it.”

Praise for Emily Perkins:

“A writer very much in command not only of her language but of the unique and surprising variations she brings to the form.” —T. C. Boyle, author of When The Killing’s Done

“Brimming with talent.” —Esther Freud, author of Hideous Kinky and Lucky Break

“An expansive and ambitious novel, beautifully written, and covering great swathes of emotional territory.”
—Lawrence Norfolk, author of Lempriere’s Dictionary

About Emily

Emily Perkins was born in 1970. She is the author of Not Her Real Name, a collection of short stories that won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the novels Leave Before You Go, The New Girl, and, most recently, Novel About My Wife, winner of the Believer Book Award. She lives in New Zealand.





Emily Perkins’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Wednesday, August 8th:  Unabridged Chick

Friday, August 10th:  The Lost Entwife

Monday, August 13th:  Bookish Habits

Wednesday, August 15th: Gone Bookserk

Monday, August 20th:  BookNAround

Wednesday, August 22nd:  Angler’s Rest

Wednesday, August 29th:  Reading Envy

Thursday, August 30th:  In the Next Room

Friday, September 14th:  Col Reads



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