The World Without You

The World Without You

Book - 2012
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***National Jewish Book Awards 2012, Finalist***
      JJ Greenberg Memorial Award for Fiction

From the author of the New York Times Notable Book Matrimony ["Beautiful . . . Brilliant."--Michael Cunningham], a moving, mesmerizing new novel about love, loss, and the aftermath of a family tragedy.

It's July 4, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending upon their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. But this is no ordinary holiday. The family has gathered to memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings, an intrepid journalist and adventurer who was killed on that day in 2004, while on assignment in Iraq.

The parents, Marilyn and David, are adrift in grief. Their forty-year marriage is falling apart. Clarissa, the eldest sibling and a former cello prodigy, has settled into an ambivalent domesticity and is struggling at age thirty-nine to become pregnant. Lily, a fiery-tempered lawyer and the family contrarian, is angry at everyone. And Noelle, whose teenage years were shadowed by promiscuity and school expulsions, has moved to Jerusalem and become a born-again Orthodox Jew. The last person to see Leo alive, Noelle has flown back for the memorial with her husband and four children, but she feels entirely out of place. And Thisbe --Leo's widow and mother of their three-year-old son--has come from California bearing her own secret.

Set against the backdrop of Independence Day and the Iraq War, The World Without You is a novel about sibling rivalries and marital feuds, about volatile women and silent men, and, ultimately, about the true meaning of family.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780375424366
0375424369
Branch Call Number: FICTION Henkin Joshua 06/2012
Characteristics: 321 p. ;,25 cm.

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Emma Straub's THE VACATIONERS is about a tightly-knit family and the secrets buried beneath the surface of that bubble over and explode during a vacation. We were going to recommend Jonathan Tropper's THIS IS HOW I LEAVE YOU, but since a movie based on it is forthcoming and all copies are out, tr... Read More »


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Love2read312
Apr 30, 2014

Just finished this e-book. Recommend it for a light summer read.

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tocch101
Feb 18, 2013

A well told story about lives challenges, and moving on after harrowing experiences. Much better than I thought it was going to be. The characters are rich and detailed.

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