Perfect for fans of Rick Moody, Lauren Groff, and Celeste Ng, a propulsive literary breakout about three suburban families whose lives spiral dangerously out of control after tragedy strikes.
Who suffers when the privileged fall?
One frigid winter night, Mia and Michael Slate's comfortable world dissolves in an instant when they discover that their best friend has cheated them out of their life savings. At the same time, a few doors down, their teenaged son passes out in the snow at a partya mistake whose consequences will shatter not just their family, but an entire community.
In this arresting, masterful page-turner shot through with fierce, clear-eyed compassion and a sublime insight into human fragility, award-winning novelist Proulx explores the savage underpinnings of betrayal, infidelity, and revengeand a multilayered portrait of love, in all its glory, that no reader will soon forget.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Joanne Proulx's fist novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet won Canada's Sunburst Award for Fantastic Fiction and was named a best debut by The Globe and Mail and Kirkus Reviews. A feature film adaptation will be released in 2018. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, Joanne lives, writes and teaches in Ottawa, Canada.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Mia and Michael Slate are going through something when their son Finn has a tragic accident. This accident ends up affecting a lot of people and for me this book was watching how one night can change the course of many people's lives. Most of this book I didn't enjoy, but I kept reading and finished it because I really wanted to figure out what would happen with Finn after his accident. His character arch was what kept me reading after the crazy drama from his parents. This would have been a book that I would have quit if I didn't love Finn so much and want to know where he would end up.
Mia and Michael Slate have a wonderful life, with their son Finn. Then one night, it all goes wrong. They find out their best friend and Michael's business partner has cheated them out of millions, and at the same time Finn goes to a party at a friend's house and a series of tragic events change Finn's life forever. I loved this book. It had characters you want to root for and ones you want to hate. There are lots of surprises along the way, and an excellent storyline that keeps you captivated. I highly recommend this book!
Michael and Mia Slate begin to have marriage problems after their son, Finn, suffers a near-death experience. This is the story of the Slate family and their revelation of how love is measured between neighbors, friends, and family. Joanne Proulx writes a beautifully poetic story about very ugly events in the affluent Canadian town of Old Aberdeen. We are immediately thrust into the middle of the life of a family with very little introduction, and it’s almost better that way. The characters seem to develop right before your eyes, even as you’re learning whose portion of the story you’re experiencing at the time. Written from multiple points of view, Proulx uses subtle cadence changes and an editor’s nightmare – no quotation marks! – to distinguish the characters, but the action is linear, so it’s not confusing after you initially get your bearings. The prose is visually elegant and descriptive without being excessively wordy. And it’s a quick read with action interspersed throughout and a steady progression toward an ending that felt a little clipped. But maybe that was just my personal desire to spend more time with the characters - the mark of a really good book.