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“Transcendent… the author's descriptively rich prose and sense of scene drives the story on…Perkins knows how to artfully reveal her characters' inner machinations as they cope with whatever comes their way.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This timelessly true tale will appeal to discerning readers of literary fiction.” ―Booklist
“Perkins has a remarkable ability to capture the joys and angst of each stage of life, from the stings and sorrows of rejection and loss to feelings of ineptitude, boredom, and desire to the sustaining love of family…recommended for fans of family sagas such as those by Anne Tyler and Zadie Smith.” ―Library Journal
Emily Perkins was born in 1970. She is the author of Not Her Real Name, a prizewinning collection of short stories that won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the novels Leave Before You Go, The New Girl, and Novel About My Wife, winner of the Believer Book Award.
This was an enjoyable book, particularly if you live in New Zealand or have an interest in writers from here. It was thought provoking for me, having not grown up here. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bellefast
This is the first book by a Kiwi that I have and this lady's first book. It was well conceived and charmingly written, i shall now keep an eye out for more by this author whom will... Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Rachel England-Brassy
Okay, this was an amazing, mysterious, Blue like Jazz'ish kind of book. I was totally taken into it and loved all of its quirky and sometimes irritating twists and turns. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by f32dream
I found the plot hard to follow and the main characters not particularly likeable. The commune is not something I am interested in.Published on May 10, 2013 by Fiona Steel
The Forrests by Emily Perkins
The story of a family, parents Frank & Lee along with children Evelyn, Dorothy, Michael, & Ruthie, made their way from New York, where... Read more
I enjoyed the setting which encapsulates the period of my upbringing, vivid pictures of the dairy, the local swimming pool etc. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Took me quite a while to get into. Found the writing style less tha easy to read. Found myself liking it more to the end though.Published on January 14, 2013 by NICOLA CAINE
I really enjoyed this book it was full of family love and dis harmony at times it was really quite sad and movingPublished on January 10, 2013 by Nee