Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400077526, 243pp.
Publication Date: June 12, 2007
This is the story of the Bramble family--Margaret, Max, and Edie--three adult siblings careening through wildly different byways of adult life. Margaret, mother of three, is about to take her ailing father into the tumult and chaos of her already overcrowded home. Edie is young and single, but struggling mightily to anchor her solitary life. Max, newly married, newly a father, is buckling under the weight of new responsibilities. Over the course of one critical season, a long hidden secret will be revealed, remaking each of them, and all they thought they knew about themselves.
“Consistently perceptive, even stunning. . . . [The Brambles] leaves you marveling . . . and looking forward to the author’s next move.” —The New York Times Book Review“Minot has the uncanny gift for rendering life in all of its messy glory.” —The Washington Post“Minot’s prose has the brilliant quality of sharpened detail you experience when you finally get eyeglasses, and that blurred green of the trees turns out to be composed of countless distinct leaves—when the ordinary turns out to be fully extraordinary.”
—Newsday“Pitch-perfect. . . . In remarkable prose, Minot manages what few writers can pull off: She combines a rich complex story with the voice and sensibility of a poet.” —St. Louis Post Dispatch