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Book Information: Good-Bye and Amen

Good-Bye and Amen (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In a summer cottage on the coast of Maine, an unlikely love was nurtured, a marriage endured, and a family survived. Now it is time for the children of that marriage to make peace with the wounds and the treasures left to them. And to sort out which is which.

The complicated marriage of the gifted Danish pianist Laurus Moss to the provincial American child of privilege Sydney Brant was a mystery to many who knew them, including their three children. Now, Eleanor, Monica, and Jimmy Moss have to decide how to divide or share what Laurus and Sydney have left them without losing one another.

Secure and cheerful Eleanor, the oldest, wants little for herself but much for her children. Monica, the least-loved middle child, brings her youthful scars to the table, as well as the baggage of a difficult marriage to the charismatic Norman, who left a brilliant legal career, though not his ambition, to become an Episcopal priest. Youngest and best-loved Jimmy, who made a train wreck of his young adulthood, has returned after a long period of alienation from the family surprisingly intact, but extremely hard for his sisters to read.

Having lived through childhoods both materially blessed and emotionally difficult, with a father who could seem uninvolved and a mother who loved a good family game of "let's you and him fight", the Mosses have formed strong adult bonds that none of them wants to damage. But it's difficult to divide a beloved summer house three ways and keep it too. They all know what's at stake, in a world of atomized families, a house like Leeway Cottage can be the glue that keeps generations of cousins and grandchildren deeply connected to one another. But knowing it's important doesn't make it easy.

Original title: Good-Bye and Amen
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionEccentric People
FictionGeneral FictionRich & Famous
FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindDysfunctional Families

Edition #1: Good-Bye and Amen

Good-Bye and Amen (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "Beth Gutcheon is a wonderful writer." Anne Lamott
  • "Good-Bye and Amen is a tour de force of structure and voice. Gutcheon had me at the first sentence." Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club
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Manifested in:

Good-Bye and Amen (August 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 9780060539078
Dimensions: 8.58 x 5.86 x .97
Pages: 244

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