St. Martins Griffin Fall 2016 by Macmillan

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s t mart in s griff in sept emb e r 2016 a good family a novel erik fassnacht “a read-alike for both jennifer weiner and jonathan franzen for the way it so convincingly melds domestic drama suburban angst and beautifully descriptive writing.” —booklist starred review named a best book of 2015 by chicago book review and a best chicagoland novel by gapers block fi ction li t e rary st martin s griffin 9/6/2016 9781250091772 $15.99 $22.99 can trade paperback 432 pages carton qty 20 8.3 in h 5.5 in w subrights uk st martin s press translation st martin s press other available formats hardcover isbn 9781250059284 ebook isbn 9781466878259 m ar keting reading discussion guide available online book club outreach active on facebook a rich ambitious first novel of a midwestern family buffeted by change a good family is perfect for book-group discussions hard-charging chicago sales executive henry brunson has long been the center around which his family revolves but with his career in jeopardy and his youth behind him henry turns away from the brunson home in downers grove illinois for the shadowy nightclubs in chicago’s viagra triangle his wife julie struggles to reclaim her life apart from the magnetic man she married charlie the golden-boy first son returns from service in afghanistan angry damaged and uncertain of his place in the world and barkley the bumbling younger son interviews for his first teaching job at a forbidding catholic high school when henry’s health abruptly declines he tries to return to the home and life he dominated but julie charlie and barkley no longer need him in the end each one will arrive at a new understanding of what family can—and cannot—be unusually assured and perceptive combining narrative drive with humor insight and powerful family dynamics a good family is a memorable debut by erik fassnacht pr a i se “an intense compassionate and very funny book this is a sharply observed deeply satisfying novel a joy a discovery.” —audrey niffenegger author of the time traveler’s wife and her fearful symmetry “a crowd-pleasing affecting and compassionately written novel filled with a memorable cast of characters that readers will cheer for and cry with.” —nickolas butler author of shotgun lovesongs and beneath the bonfire “at times laugh-out-loud funny at times heartbreaking ambitious compelling.” —chicago book review erik fassnacht was born and raised in chicago he attended college at the university of iowa before becoming a high school english and creative writing teacher spurred by a lifelong desire to write he left teaching to get his mfa at columbia college where he wrote his debut novel a good family 39