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Publisher Description

“A gripping and poignant ode to a messy, loving family in all its glory.” —Madeline Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Circe
A New York Times Bestseller
Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

In this “rich, complex family saga” (USA Today) full of long-buried family secrets, Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, blithely ignorant of all that awaits them. By 2016, they have four radically different daughters, each in a state of unrest.
Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator turned stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects.
With the unexpected arrival of young Jonah Bendt—a child placed for adoption by one of the daughters fifteen years before—the Sorensons will be forced to reckon with the rich and varied tapestry of their past. As they grapple with years marred by adolescent angst, infidelity, and resentment, they also find the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile.

Fiction & Literature
June 25
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

alexmoore615 ,

My favorite book.

A read that is beautiful, heartbreaking, addicting, and real.

JackieThinks ,

Immensely satisfying

The story reads as if they are all real people: flawed, loving, bitter, supportive, jealous, pitiful - as all families are. It’s a glimpse into a family life you wish you’d had but are at least glad you’ve experienced their joys and heartbreaks.

ganjoca ,

Complex, intricate and delightful

I loved the intricacy of the characters the complexities of their relationships and the misunderstandings amongst them. So real life very well detailed and explained. It took me a lot longer to read every sentence was complex from multiple points of view and I wanted to savor each one.

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