Imagine Me Gone

Imagine Me Gone Author Adam Haslett
ISBN-10 0316261335
ISBN-13 9780316261333
Year 2017-02-21
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher Back Bay Books
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FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZEWINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION TOP 10 NOVELS OF THE YEAR TIME NewsdayTOP 10 BOOKS OF 2016 San Francisco Chronicle20 BOOKS THAT DEFINED OUR YEAR Wall Street JournalONE OF THE YEAR S BEST BOOKS Barnes Noble BookPage BuzzFeed Elle Financial Times Huffington Post Kirkus NPR Refinery29 Seattle Times Shelf Awareness WBUR s On PointLonglisted for the 2016 National Book Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in FictionFinalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Fiction Prize the Kirkus Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Haslett is one of the country s most talented writers equipped with a sixth sense for characterization Wall Street Journal Ambitious and stirring With Imagine Me Gone Haslett has reached another level New York Times Book ReviewNew York Times Book Review Editors ChoiceFrom a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist a ferociously intimate story of a family facing the ultimate question how far will we go to save the people we love the most When Margaret s fianc John is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London she faces a choice carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition or back away from the suffering it may bring her She decides to marry him Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith At the heart of it is their eldest son Michael a brilliant anxious music fanatic who makes sense of the world through parody Over the span of decades his younger siblings the savvy and responsible Celia and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec struggle along with their mother to care for Michael s increasingly troubled and precarious existence Told in alternating points of view by all five members of the family this searing gut wrenching and yet frequently hilarious novel brings alive with remarkable depth and poignancy the love of a mother for her children the often inescapable devotion siblings feel toward one another and the legacy of a father s pain in the life of a family With his striking emotional precision and lively inventive language Adam Haslett has given us something rare a novel with the power to change how we see the most important people in our lives

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