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Emily, Alone (Paperback)

Author:  Stewart O'Nan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0143120492
ISBN-13: 9780143120490
Sku: 221907425
Publish Date: 12/27/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  255
Age Range:  22 to UP
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A sequel to the bestselling, much-beloved "Wish You Were Here," O''Nan''s intimate novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long departed. "Emily, Alone" is a bittersweet tale of love and longing.
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A bittersweet tale of love and longing from the bestselling author of Last Night at the Lobster.

Once again making the ordinary and overlooked not merely visible but vital to understanding our own lives, Stewart O'Nan confirms his position as an American master with Emily, Alone. A sequel to the bestselling, much-beloved Wish You Were Here, O'Nan's intimate novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long departed. She dreams of visits from her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood. When her sister-in-law and sole companion, Arlene, faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's life changes in unexpected ways. As she grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities.

Stewart O'Nan reintroduces the far-flung members of the Maxwell family from WISH YOU WERE HERE in this illuminating novel. Emily Maxwell's days have narrowed after her husband's death--to reading, looking after her dog, and meeting her only friend Arlene at lunchtime buffets in Pittsburgh. After Arlene suffers an apparent stroke right before her eyes, Emily is forced to confront the fragileness of her own life and strives to fill her last days with activity and reconnect with her distant family. While Emily's community has grown smaller and quieter in her later years, her reality remains as large in her awareness as ever.
Author Bio
Stewart O'Nan
Stewart O'Nan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and, in college, he studied aerospace engineering. He worked for Grumman on Long Island for several years but eventually, as he got more and more interested in writing (and less and less in the aviation industry) he returned to school for an M.F.A. at Cornell. His story collection IN THE WALLED CITY was awarded the esteemed 1993 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for Short Fiction. SNOW ANGELS won the 1993 Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize for the Novel. He has also written notable nonfiction, specifically THE CIRCUS FIRE, his account of a tragic 1944 fire in Hartford, Connecticut. He has taught at Cornell, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Trinity College. O'Nan says that the two most useful pieces of advice he's had were "both from Russell Banks, and both in the same ten-minute conversation: 1) The ones who make it in this business are the ones who stick with it. And, 2) Don't quit your day job."


"O'Nan again proves himself to be the king of detail. What people eat, how they eat it, what they think and say in the midst of eating it--this novel represents the almost minute mapping of the lay of the domestic land as O'Nan the sociological cartographer views it." (starred review) - Brad Hooper 02/01/2011

"Sprawling and virtuosic...." - Joanna Smith Rakoff 04/03/2011

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0255
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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