The Birthday Lunch Book by Joan Clark

The Birthday Lunch Book by Joan Clark

The Birthday Lunch

From the bestselling author of Latitudes of Melt and An Audience of Chairs utterly engrossing, unsettling and beautifully written, The Birthday Lunch is the story of one pivotal week in the life of a family facing a tragic loss Joan Clark s riveting new novel opens as Lily McNab wakes up on her 58th birthday, June 30, 1981, in the quiet, picturesque town of Sussex, Ne From the bestselling author of Latitudes of Melt and An Audience of Chairs utterly engrossing, unsettling and beautifully written, The Birthday Lunch is the story of one pivotal week in the life of a family facing a tragic loss Joan Clark s riveting new novel opens as Lily McNab wakes up on her 58th birthday, June 30, 1981, in the quiet, picturesque town of Sussex, New Brunswick Free spirited Lily has always played the peacemaker between her fierce, doting sister, Laverne, and her loving, garrulous husband, Hal, as they competed for her attention, and the competition has only gotten worse since they all moved into the same big house Today Laverne feels she s beaten Hal out for Lily s company at a birthday lunch, but it s a bittersweet and short lived victory When the sisters stop for celebratory ice cream cones at the town s famous Creamery after lunch, Lily is struck and killed by a speeding gravel truck In The Birthday Lunch, Joan Clark explores the shock of unexpected death and the occasionally comical business of grieving Each member of Lily s family comes alive in their unique confrontation of loss Hal s open sorrow, her daughter Claudia s re examination of her own choices, her son Matt s determination to expose the young truck driver s liability And, unforgettably, Laverne s eccentricity and isolation, her intensifying conflict with Hal, illuminates the brutal territory of blame and regret Suspenseful and moving, with a powerfully evoked Maritime setting, The Birthday Lunch is an extraordinary novel from one of our most gifted storytellers

Title : The Birthday Lunch
Author :  Joan Clark
Language : English
Isbn : 0345809564
Format : Paperback
Pages : 272 pages

Rating: 4.6

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