The author of numerous novels, Stewart O'Nan has been lauded with critical acclaim and best-seller status on his way to consideration as one of America's most gifted novelists. Emily, Alone, a sequel to Wish You Were Here, revolves around widow and grandmother Emily Maxwell, whose ordered life is jarred when her sister-in-law suffers a stroke. But even amid the conflicting emotions of a changing world, Emily proves resilient and vows to move forward with the grace and dignity with which she has lived her life.
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"Emily Maxwell, widowed for almost a decade and nearing 80, has her routine down to a science: Tuesday breakfast with her sister-in-law; early service on Sunday; and long days with her dog, the radio, and library books. Narrator Andrea Gallo flawlessly complements author O'Nan's outstanding character study as she portrays all of Emily's facets--from the critical Emily who assesses post-funeral-service meals to the no-nonsense Emily who puts her affairs in order and the private Emily who coos to her dog. Gallo's unaffected style accentuates the emotional complexities of a vibrant older woman who honors family traditions and reflects on her youth yet boldly holds fast to a future-oriented outlook and the possibility of new experiences. This is a refreshing and surprisingly uplifting look at aging middle-class women in America. C.B.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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