Emily, Alone (Paperback)
|Author: Stewart O'Nan|
|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.|
From the Publisher:
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.