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The Great Wide Open

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‘Accomplished…a strangely mesmerising effect…absolutely excellent’ New Statesman New York, 1980s Alice Burns – a young book editor – is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life. The observations within resonate, perhaps, because she has just watched her own family implode. As she reads she wonders: When did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice? Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970s Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the US embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan. But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers – how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others. The Great Wide Open is an immensely ambitious and compulsive saga; a novel which will speak volumes to anyone who has marvelled at that pain that can only be caused by family itself.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780099585213
Publication date: 25th July 2019
Author: Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 592 pages
Genres: Modern and Contemporary Fiction