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The History of Great Things

(2016)
A novel by

 
A witty and irresistible story of a mother and daughter regarding each other through the looking glass of time, grief, and forgiveness.

In two beautifully counterpoised narratives, two women - mother and daughter - try to make sense of their own lives by revisiting what they know about each other. The History of Great Things tells the entwined stories of Lois, a daughter of the Depression Midwest who came to New York to transform herself into an opera star, and her daughter, Elizabeth, an aspiring writer who came of age in the 1970s and '80s in the forbidding shadow of her often-absent, always larger-than-life mother. In a tour de force of storytelling and human empathy, Elizabeth chronicles the events of her mother's life, and in turn Lois recounts her daughter's story - pulling back the curtain on lifelong secrets, challenging and interrupting each other, defending their own behavior, brandishing or swallowing their pride, and, ultimately, coming to understand each other in a way that feels both extraordinary and universal.

The History of Great Things is a novel about a mother and daughter who are intimately connected and not connected enough; it will make readers laugh and cry and wonder how we become the adults we always knew we should - even if we're not always adults our parents understand.

 
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Paperback Editions

April 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The History of Great Things: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Crane
ISBN: 0-06-241267-1 / 978-0-06-241267-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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Kindle Editions

April 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The History of Great Things: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Crane
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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