The Heights (Paperback)

By Peter Hedges

Plume Books, 9780452296770, 295pp.

Publication Date: February 22, 2011

March 2010 Indie Next List

“Peter Hedges latest novel is set in Brookly Heights, and it tackles major issues: fidelity, parenthood, status, and culture. Hedges handles them all with finesse, using a fantastically dry wit mixed with empathy and humanity, rendering all of his characters flawed, complex, and, ultimately, lovable.”
— Andrea Talarico, Anthology New and Used Books, Scranton, PA
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A "devilishly delightful" (Bookpage) new novel from an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and the author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Tim and Kate Welch are seemingly the last middle-class family in the exclusive neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, NewYork. Tim is a popular history teacher, and an ordinary guy. Kate is not ordinary, but she aspires to be. Brought up by a hippie mother, Kate stays home with their two young sons trying to be the responsible parent she never had. But their neat and tidy world is turned upside down when Anna Brody- beautiful, wealthy, and impulsive-moves into the most expensive brownstone in Brooklyn, and draws Kate and Tim into her world.

About the Author

PETER HEDGES is a novelist, playwright, and filmmaker. He wrote both the novel and the screenplay What s Eating Gilbert Grape, and is the writer-director of Pieces of April starring Katie Holmes and Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carrell. His screenplay for About a Boy was nominated for an Academy Award. Hedges lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn, New York. "