- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Algonquin Books (March 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616206225
- ISBN-13: 978-1616206222
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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—Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You
“One of the best books of 2017….Grodstein has not just written another beautiful book, but one with deep purpose and meaning.”
“Grodstein’s heartbreaking, character-driven story is told in the remarkable, believable voice of a courageous, sympathetic character.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“A tender tale…Grodstein has a fine touch, alternately sarcastic, perceptive and wistful.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Lauren Grodstein has subtly written a cathartic and unexpectedly profound book…It’s also impossible to put down.”
—St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Lauren Grodstein has written a book with such a complicated range of emotion that I can't quite understand how she does it. In highlighting the fragility and depth of the relationship between a parent and a child, Grodstein miraculously makes you love the complexity of this world even as it tears you apart. Our Short History is a novel that will reverberate in your heart long after you finish it.”
—Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang
"Fans of Wit and Life and Other Near-Death Experiences will love Karen’s unflinchingly honest journey."
—Booklist, starred review
"Funny and fast-paced and extraordinarily insightful on every page. . . . Anyone lucky enough to get roughed-up by Grodstein's devastating, fearlessly honest, often hilarious, gorgeously written novel will exit it changed.”
—Karen Russell, author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove
“Karen is a character many will love—determined, flawed, loving, witty. . . . a poignant and realistic portrait."
“A meditation on love and grief . . . Lauded novelist Lauren Grodstein plunges into both beautiful and ugly emotions without hesitation."
“(A) deeply affecting novel…This is a tearjerker of a story, but not a mushy one — and it provides a charming, occasionally funny portrait of a mother trying to come to terms with both her death and her legacy.”
—The National Book Review
“Funny as well as poignant, sad but not maudlin.”
“This gave me all the feels. I didn’t want it to end.”
—Jaime Herndon, Book Riot
“Grodstein deftly explores family relationships.”
“A tender, heartrending book.”
About the Author
LAUREN GRODSTEIN is the author of four previous works of fiction, including the New York Times bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, which was a Washington Post Best Book Pick, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, a BookPage Best Book, and an Indie Next Pick. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Her website is www.laurengrodstein.com.
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A woman in her early 40s found out, while she was dating a man, whom she was in love with, that she was pregnant and when she told him, he said he didn’t want children. They parted ways. She decided to raise the baby on her own. She had a great support system, a career that she loved, and was about to have the child she always wanted. Things were going along smoothly, until that day in the doctor’s office when she found out that she had cancer.
She had a plan and along with that plan came the book that she was writing for her son. No holds barred. She was going to tell him everything. Her feelings for his father, her everyday feelings, what motivated her, why she chose her career, about his family, her sister, and her kids whom he would ultimately go to live with when she was gone. How she so loved her dear young boy.
Then one day, the young boy asked to meet his father.
Reading this book, you have the privilege of being inside someone’s mind. You hear the protagonist’s every thought, every emotion, her joy, her agony, although she hides it well, her sadness. Her longing to hold on. A touching story that is so relatable with feelings that whether, and goodness, hopefully not, you are suffering from a major illness, you can feel compassion for the mother, the boy, the father, and her family members.
A sure sign of a really, good book. When the author takes you down a road where there is a dark cloud looming but the protagonist has a sharp wit and still, she makes us laugh.
I had to force myself to read this book, I almost quit several times. It got a bit better after page 100, and finally, I got through it. I found this book utterly and unnecessarrily melodramatic from beginning to end, simplistically written, schematic. I found her addressing her child throughout the book very unidimensional and mannered. A very disappointing novel.
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Author: Lauren Grodstein
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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