Landslide (Hardcover)

A novel

By Susan Conley

Knopf, 9780525657132, 288pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2021

List Price: 26.95*
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A gorgeous jewel of a novel about a mother caring for her two sons while everything else--her marriage and the fishing industry her New England community relies on--threatens to crumble around her.

After a fishing accident leaves her husband hospitalized across the border in Canada, Jill is left to look after her teenage boys--"the wolves"--alone. Nothing comes easy in their remote corner of Maine: Money is tight, her son Sam is getting into more trouble by the day, her eldest Charlie has a new girlfriend, and Jill begins to suspect her marriage isn't as stable as she once believed. As one disaster gives way to the next, she begins to think that it's not enough to be a caring wife and mother anymore--not enough to show up when needed, nudge her boys in the right direction, believe everything will be okay. But how to protect this life she loves, this household, this family?

With remarkable poise and startling beauty, Landslide ushers us into a modern household where, for a family at odds, Instagram posts, sex-positivity talks, and old fishing tales mingle to become a kind of love language. It is a stunning portrait of a family, as compelling as it is moving, and raises the question of how to remain devoted when the eye of the storm closes in.

About the Author

SUSAN CONLEY is the author of three previous novels including Elsey Come Home, and a memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares. She's received multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, as well as from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She lives in Portland, Maine, where she's on the faculty of the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.