The Great Wide Open, Paperback / softback Book

The Great Wide Open Paperback / softback

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`Accomplished...a strangely mesmerising effect...absolutely excellent' New StatesmanNew York, 1980sAlice Burns - a young book editor - is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life.

The observations within resonate, perhaps, because she has just watched her own family implode. As she reads she wonders: When did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice?Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970s Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the US embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan. But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers - how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others. The Great Wide Open is an immensely ambitious and compulsive saga; a novel which will speak volumes to anyone who has marvelled at that pain that can only be caused by family itself.

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