Wish You Were Here

By Stewart O'Nan
(Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802139894, 528pp.)

Publication Date: April 2003

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Compact Disc, Paperback, Paperback

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Award-winning writer Stewart O'Nan has been acclaimed by critics as one of the most accomplished novelists writing today. Now comes his finest and most complete novel to date. A year after the death of her husband, Henry, Emily Maxwell gathers her family by Lake Chautauqua in western New York for what will be a last vacation at their summer cottage. Joining is her sister-in-law, who silently mourns the sale of the lake house, and a long-lost love. Emily's firebrand daughter, a recovering alcoholic recently separated from her husband, brings her children from Detroit. Emily's son, who has quit his job and mortgaged his future to pursue his art, comes accompanied by his children and his wife, who is secretly heartened to be visiting the house for the last time. Memories of past summers resurface, old rivalries flare up, and love is rekindled and born anew, resulting in a timeless novel drawn, as the best writing often is, from the ebbs and flow of daily life.




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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stewart O'Nan's moodily comic novel Emily, Alone follows an 80-year-old woman as she navigates the minutia of everyday life. O'Nan explains how he got inside Emily's head � and why he wanted to write about the daily indignities of getting older. More at NPR.org

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Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011

In his new novel, Emily, Alone, Stewart O'Nan explores the topics of widowhood and old age � but the book never feels stale, says Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan. Instead, it is a charming, quiet meditation on getting older. More at NPR.org

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