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Familiar: A Novel by [Lennon, J. Robert]
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Returning from her annual pilgrimage to her son Silas’ grave, Elisa Brown is suddenly struck by a sense that things have changed. The car she is driving isn’t hers, her body has transformed, and in the seat next to her sits a conference binder addressed to a Lisa Brown. The old Elisa’s son died at age 15; she was having an extramarital affair; and she was very close to her living son, Sam. This new Lisa is estranged from both of her children and lives in quiet tension with her husband in a home devoid of life. As the old Elisa tries to parse out what has happened to her, she discovers that her new reality is as sad and complicated as her previous life, and she begins to feel trapped between both worlds. Readers who enjoyed Lennon’s previous novel Castle (2009) will see some common themes here, as Elisa questions her own understanding of reality and memory and tries to unravel the emotional mystery that surrounds both of her lives. --Heather Paulson

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Praise for Familiar:

"[An] allusive and mysterious novel . . . one of [Lennon's] finest." —The New York Times Book Review

"This is an important book, one that reflects the 21st-century human's fragmentary condition in both content and form, told in a manner so thrilling that it achieves an almost magical propulsion. It's very funny, too. . . . Lennon has created a woman for our times, no matter how many of our times are happening at once. Familiar is a terrific novel, unnerving and, ultimately, true." —Boston Globe

"Familiar is as tightly wound as a great Alfred Hitchcock movie. . . . He keeps Familiar balanced at a perfect pitch between allowing us to believe what has happened to Elisa is real and to think that she's had a mental breakdown brought about by anxiety and depression. In the scientific shadows, Lennon has executed a literary puzzle, a marvelous trick of the mind." —Los Angeles Times

"The questions posed by this novel shift over time from the metaphysical to the moral, and in the end, Familiar stands as a resonant and haunting riddle." —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"Like Vonnegut, Lennon is able to defy genres. . . . Sad and captivating, Familiar explores the depths of loss and the limits of reality, leaving us to consider our susceptibility to the lives we create for ourselves." —The Outlet, the blog of Electric Literature

"Lennon's smart, chilling prose and the urgency of present tense carry this story to its dramatic, if ambiguous, conclusion. . . . A smart, fast-paced novel." —Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review

Praise for J. Robert Lennon:

“Over the last decade, J. Robert Lennon’s literary imagination has grown increasingly morbid, convoluted and peculiar—just as his books have grown commensurately more surprising, rigorous and fun.” —Scott Bradfield, The New York Times Book Review

Product details

  • File Size: 3171 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846689473
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press (October 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009A9LKTW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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