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Our Short History

(2017)
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Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She's had to be; when Jacob's father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn't in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave her intention was to raise their child alone.

But now Jake is asking to meet his dad, and with good reason: Karen is dying. Worried that he'll break Jake's heart, Karen finally makes the call and is shocked to find Dave ecstatic about the news. First, he can't meet Jake fast enough, and then he can't seem to leave him alone. As she tries to play out her last days in the "right" way, Karen struggles with knowing that the only thing she cannot bring herself to do for her son - let his father become a permanent part of his life - is the thing he needs from her the most.

With heart-wrenching poignancy, unexpected wit, and mordant humor, Lauren Grodstein has created an unforgettable story about parenthood, sacrifice, and life itself.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Lauren Grodstein breaks your heart, then miraculously pieces it back together so it’s bigger - and stronger - than before." - Celeste Ng

"Funny and fast-paced and extraordinarily insightful on every page . . . Anyone lucky enough to get roughed-up by Grodstein's devastating, fearlessly honest, often hilarious, gorgeously written novel will exit it changed." - Karen Russell

"Our Short History is a novel that will reverberate in your heart long after you finish it." - Kevin Wilson


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March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Our Short History: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Grodstein
ISBN: 1-61620-622-5 / 978-1-61620-622-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Our Short History: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Grodstein
ISBN: 1-61620-801-5 / 978-1-61620-801-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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July 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Our Short History (Kennebec Large Print Superior Collection)
Author(s): Lauren Grodstein
ISBN: 1-4328-3923-3 / 978-1-4328-3923-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kennebec Large Print
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March 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Our Short History: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Grodstein
ISBN: 1-68168-443-8 / 978-1-68168-443-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Our Short History: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Grodstein
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
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March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Our Short History: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Grodstein
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Our Short History: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Grodstein
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA