Wish You Were Here Paperback – 6 Jul 2017
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Stewart O'Nan loves us and forgives us and watches us when we aren't looking. And he has given us this big, fine, openhearted book in which the inner and outer lives of a family come together, with depth and art. -- Amy Bloom An unflinching portrait of an American family that's remarkable for its precision, intelligence, and heart. You will not soon forget these people. -- Richard Russo [O'Nan's] finest and deepest novel to date. * New York Times Book Review * Offers a stark and brilliantly mesmerising glimpse into the lives of the Maxwells, the most aggressively average American family this side of The Corrections. * Los Angeles Times *
A family gathering brings decades of suppressed tension to the surface in this classic novel from master storyteller Stewart O'Nan.See all Product description
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This book is a perfect example how the most present people are those who are gone. Henry - husband, father, grandfather, and brother is the most present character in this book. And, while each character is struggling with it's own problems and fears, one invisible string that connects them all is a memory of bellowed Henry.
On the other hand, saying "good bye" is a complex journey especially when you know that with that last "good bye" you are ending one chapter of your life and another one is about to begin. Our characters are afraid of upcoming days and mystery those days will bring. Saying good bye is a journey filled with details from the past which you can't let go because it is familiar and safe, and therefore, it is good.
As a person who had to move from one continent to another and start life all over again, I can say that our author is a master in capturing every little moment of time line which we so bravely call "Last Good bye"
As a mother of adorable two kids who are on their path to gain independence and leave my nest eventually, I am devastated by the fact that down the road, their last thought, after a family vacation will be "We survived".
And, at the end, as a wife of wonderful husband, who takes care of everything trying to make me feel safe and protected, this book helped me to appreciate him more than I ever have, and to enjoy every little moment we have in our life.
However, after reading "Wish you were here", I am not sure that I am brave enough to read "Emily alone". Simply because, "Wish you were here" is a silent, quiet book that travels down the memory lane and makes you wonder "Is that what's left at the end? Loneliness?"