The Great Wide Open

The Great Wide Open

1st paperback ed

Paperback (25 Jul 2019) | English

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Synopsis

'Accomplished…a strangely mesmerising effect…absolutely excellent'
New Statesman

New York, 1980s

Alice 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780099585213
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Arrow Books
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 584
Weight: 404g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 37mm