The great wide open

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ISBN:9780099585213

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New York, 1980s. Alice Burns - a young book editor - is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life. The observations within resonate, perhaps, because she has just watched her own family implode. As she reads she wonders: When did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice? Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970s Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the US embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan. But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers - how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others.

Format
Paperback
Published
25/07/2019
ISBN
9780099585213
Publisher
ARROW BOOKS
Weight
405kg

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"This novel is a page-turner with a relentless pace" The Times - Kate Saunders "Has a strangely mesmerising effect . . . absolutely excellent." New Statesman "Kennedy is skilled at zigzag plotting, blending domestic twists with turns created by global affairs." Observer "An ambitious tale from a reliably compelling story teller." Sunday Mirror "Douglas Kennedy sensitively engages with issues that still affect America to this day and creates a story with realism and heart" Woman's Weekly

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