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Us: A Novel by [Nicholls, David]
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2014: At an ungodly hour one summer morning, a time when most of us cannot digest a simple greeting let alone any grand revelation, Douglas Petersen’s wife, Connie, informs him that she doesn’t want to be married anymore. Or rather, she’s not sure. Mind you, this is no fickle woman and this is not an admission she makes lightly. Connie and Douglas have been together, and happily so, for almost two decades. They have a son, Albie, more a chip off his artistic mum than biochemist dad, and that has strained the father-son dynamic. Will an ill-timed family vacation provide the opportunity Douglas needs to repair both relationships? With humor and with heart, David Nicholls of One Day fame takes us through every bumbling but well-meaning attempt in service to this goal. Lest you think the premise wreaks of a rom-com starring Hugh Grant, it is not a story tied up with a neat little bow. Nor is the precarious marriage portrayed as a consequence of cinematically-friendly scenes like slamming doors, flying frying pans, or people leaving the toilet seat up on purpose. Instead, Us delicately and intelligently untangles one of the more complex, heart-wrenching and relatable of relationship struggles—one in which there isn’t a villain to blame. You’ll be rooting for this family, and for another fine achievement from David Nicholls. –Erin Kodicek

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“The Petersen family travels through Europe with more emotional baggage than luggage in Nicholls’s winning follow-up to his 2009 bestseller One Day….Few authors do messed-up relationships better than Nicholls.” (People, Book of the Week)

“Nicholls is a deft craftsman, a skilled storyteller and a keen observer of contemporary mores.” (Jay McInerney, New York Times Book Review)

“In his latest…Mr. Nicholls again deals with love lost and possibly found, offering an unpredictable (and less grim) ending…. Mr. Nicholls mines the setup for laughs, as he should, but he also provides a poignant story of regret in middle age.” (New York Times)

“A great novel...Nicholls is a master of nuanced relationships. He’s also a pro at delivering a tight, clever structural narrative, as he proved in his terrific previous novel One Day.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After.” (Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and One Plus One)

“Wonderful. A novel that manages to be both truly hilarious and deeply affecting. I loved it.” (S.J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep)

“Nicholls is a delightfully funny writer…and this over-planned vacation makes ripe material for comedy…Us evolves into a poignant consideration of how a marriage ages, how parents mess up and what survives despite all those challenges.” (Washington Post)

“A smartly optimistic romantic comedy that uses angst and humor to illuminate the resilience of the human heart… Part requiem, part reboot, Douglas’s...efforts to preserve his disintegrating family take him on another kind of journey, too, from despair to unexpected joy.” (O Magazine, November 2014)

“A thoughtful, funny, authentic story…Pitch-perfect dialogue and seamless action propel the story forward in a way that feels cinematic.…This is the kind of book that reminds us what it means to be alive. How often does a reader get to feel that?” (Good Housekeeping)

“But for all of their burdens and battles, Douglas and Connie have moments of real joy in their marriage and while it doesn’t always seem like a pleasure, reading about it sure is.” (Time magazine)

Product details

  • File Size: 903 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JJV4QZG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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