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Close to Hugh

(2015)
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This witty and compassionate national bestseller--now in paperback--shows us how two generations in a seemingly ordinary small town navigate extraordinary rites of passage during a single, fateful week in autumn.

Close to Hugh is a glorious, exuberant, poignant comic novel about youth and age, art and life, love and death--and about losing your mind and finding your heart's desire over the course of seven days one September. As the week opens, fifty-something Hugh Argylle, owner of the Argylle Art Gallery, has a jarring fall from a ladder--a fall that leaves him with a fractured off-kilter vision of his own life and the lives of his friends, who are going through crises (dying parents; disheveled marriages; wilting businesses) that leave them despairing, afraid, one half-step from going under emotionally or financially. Someone's going to have to fix all that, thinks Hugh--and it will probably be him.
Meanwhile, beneath the adult orbit, bright young lives are taking form: these are the sons and daughters of Hugh's friends, about to graduate from high school and already separating from the gravitational pull of their parents. As bonds knit and unravel on cellphones and iPads and Tumblr and Twitter, the desires and terrors and sudden revelations of adolescence are mirrored in the second adolescence of the soon-to-be childless adults. With exquisite insight and surefooted mastery, Endicott manages something surprising: to show us, with an unerring ear for the different cadences and concerns of both generations, two sets of friends on the cusp of simultaneous reinvention. And, as always in Endicott's wonderful fictional worlds, underpinning the sharp comedy and keenly observed drama is something more profound: a rare and rich perspective on what it means to rise and fall and rise again, and what in the end we owe those we love.

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Hardback Editions

May 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Close to Hugh
Author(s): Marina Endicott
ISBN: 0-385-67860-6 / 978-0-385-67860-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

October 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Close to Hugh
Author(s): Marina Endicott
ISBN: 0-385-67862-2 / 978-0-385-67862-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Close to Hugh
Author(s): Marina Endicott
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   



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