Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

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A year after the death of her husband, Emily Maxwell summons her family to their vacation house on Lake Chautauqua in western New York state, bringing together three generations for one last reunion before selling the home.

Blackwell North Amer
It's been a year since the death of her husband, Henry, and Emily Maxwell gathers her family in Lake Chautauqua in western New York for what will be their last vacation at their summer cottage before she sells the property. Joining her is her sister-in-law, Arlene, a retired teacher who silently mourns the passing of the lake house from her family's hands and still endures the wound of a love lost long ago. Emily's firebrand daughter, Meg, a recovering alcoholic recently separated from her husband, brings her children from Detroit, the blossoming Sarah and the timid Justin. Emily's son, Ken, a struggling photographer who has quit his job and mortgaged his future to pursue his art, comes accompanied by his wife, Lisa, who is secretly heartened to be visiting the house for the last time and not-so-secretly cool to her prickly mother-in-law - and their children, the bookish Ella and the troubled Sam.
As O'Nan inhabits the mind and heart of each member of the house through the course of their week together, he illuminates the many lives of the Maxwell family as memories of summers past resurface, old rivalries flare up, and love is rekindled and born anew by the shores of the lake.

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A year after the death of her husband, Emily Maxwell summons her family to their vacation house on Lake Chautauqua in western New York state, bringing together three generations for one last reunion before selling the home. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802117151
0802117155
Branch Call Number: FICTION ONAN
Characteristics: 517 p. ; 24 cm

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mab0411
Jul 23, 2012

So far, this is my favorite of Stewart O'Nan's books, and I've read almost all of them. He gets in the mind of his characters making them memorable and the story hard to put down. His characters are all believable, of all ages and genders and each have a point of view he goes back to as he tells their story. He lets the reader get to know them well, flaws and all, and care about them and what happens to them.

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Hannah_Jo
May 22, 2012

Exquisite character study of 8 family members who vacation together one last time at their lakefront summer cottage. A good fit for fans of Richard Russo and Anne Tyler.

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