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The Great Wide Open

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
'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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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January 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Great Wide Open
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 1-78633-169-1 / 978-1-78633-169-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Great Wide Open
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-958521-9 / 978-0-09-958521-3 (UK edition)
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July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Great Wide Open
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-958522-7 / 978-0-09-958522-0 (UK edition)
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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Great Wide Open
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 0-09-195373-1 / 978-0-09-195373-7 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

August 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Great Wide Open
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 1-4450-8344-2 / 978-1-4450-8344-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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August 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Great Wide Open
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
ISBN: 1-4450-8345-0 / 978-1-4450-8345-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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July 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Great Wide Open
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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July 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Great Wide Open
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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July 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Great Wide Open
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

January 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Great Wide Open
Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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