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Family Romance

(2007)
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A memoir by the acclaimed novelist The Wall Street Journal called "blessed with a sense of history, a feeling for place, an observant eye for detail, and an elegant no-frills style."

In their particulars, the Lanchesters were not Every Family. The father was an international banker, the mother a former nun. Yet in the dynamic of family life, their patterns are instantly recognizable. The heart of that dynamic is a built-in tug-of-war: to a young child, a sense of loving protection becomes, as he matures, a set of barriers to be overcome. In his richly told story, John Lanchester brings this dynamic to life, and in the process makes us think about our own family story and about the legacy-emotional, social, intellectual-our parents pass on to us, generation to generation, the bitter with the best.

It was only when his mother died that Lanchester realized how little he really knew his parents. That, too, is in the nature of families: parents keep secrets from their children, and children are happy to acquiesce, not wanting to disturb their universe. But with Julie Lanchester's death-and the cache of papers and letters she left behind-Lanchester set out to reconstruct just who his parents had been. In doing so, he gained extraordinary insight into his own nature, and a deeper understanding of theirs. And because he has the wisdom to see the universal aspects of his story, Family Romance resonates for anyone who has ever felt the push-pull of family love.

Part detective work, part remarkable evocation of character, Family Romance is, above all, compelling storytelling.

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February 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: Family Romance
Author(s): John Lanchester
ISBN: 0-7531-9464-3 / 978-0-7531-9464-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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April 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Family Romance: A Memoir
Author(s): John Lanchester
ISBN: 0-571-23440-2 / 978-0-571-23440-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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February 2007 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Family Romance: A Love Story
Author(s): John Lanchester
ISBN: 0-7710-4608-1 / 978-0-7710-4608-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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February 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Family Romance: A Love Story
Author(s): John Lanchester
ISBN: 0-399-15300-4 / 978-0-399-15300-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: A Marian Wood Book/Putnam
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Paperback Editions

April 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Family Romance: A Memoir
Author(s): John Lanchester
ISBN: 0-571-23443-7 / 978-0-571-23443-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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December 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Family Romance
Author(s): John Lanchester
ISBN: 0-7531-9465-1 / 978-0-7531-9465-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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July 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Family Romance: A Love Story
Author(s): John Lanchester
ISBN: 0-7710-4609-X / 978-0-7710-4609-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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January 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Family Romance: A Love Story
Author(s): John Lanchester
ISBN: 0-14-311295-3 / 978-0-14-311295-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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December 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Family Romance: A Memoir
Author(s): John Lanchester
ISBN: 0-571-23442-9 / 978-0-571-23442-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Family Romance: A Memoir
Author(s): John Lanchester
ISBN: 0-571-23441-0 / 978-0-571-23441-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Audio Editions

May 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Family Romance
Author(s): John Lanchester
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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May 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Family Romance
Author(s): John Lanchester
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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May 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Family Romance
Author(s): John Lanchester
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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April 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Family Romance
Author(s): John Lanchester
ISBN: 1-4074-2177-8 / 978-1-4074-2177-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

January 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Family Romance: A Love Story
Author(s): John Lanchester
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon