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Never Coming Back

(2017)
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When Clara Winter left her rural Adirondack town for college, she never looked back. Her mother, Tamar, a fiercely independent but loving woman who raised Clara on her own, all but pushed her out the door, forcing Clara to build a new life for herself, far from her roots, far from her high school boyfriend, far from the life she had always known.
            Now more than a decade has passed, and Clara, a successful writer, has been summoned home. Tamar has become increasingly forgetful and can no longer live on her own. But just as her mother’s memory is beginning to slip away, Clara’s questions are building. Why was Tamar so insistent that Clara leave home all those years ago? Just what secrets was she hiding?
            In this “quietly powerful” (Booklist) and “luminous novel” (Kirkus Reviews), Alison McGhee tells the story of a young woman finding her way in life, determined to know her mother — and by extension herself — before it’s too late.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Never Coming Back is a deeply moving exploration of growing up and growing old, and the ties that bind parents and children – and the mysteries that sometimes keep us apart." - Chris Bohjalian

"Alison McGhee returns to the landscape of the Adirondacks in this beautifully devastating novel about the things that remain unspoken between parent and child. Clara Winter’s need to know what lies on the other side of her mother’s Alzheimer’s-induced silence drives this book toward its ferocious conclusion. Never Coming Back is an exquisite book, brim-full with nostalgia, love, regret, humor, yearning--and unforgettable prose." - Julie Schumacher


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January 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Never Come Back (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Alison McGhee
ISBN: 1-4328-4649-3 / 978-1-4328-4649-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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October 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Never Coming Back
Author(s): Alison McGhee
ISBN: 1-328-76756-6 / 978-1-328-76756-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Never Coming Back
Author(s): Alison McGhee
ISBN: 1-328-50202-3 / 978-1-328-50202-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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October 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Never Coming Back
Author(s): Alison McGhee
ISBN: 1-5200-8155-3 / 978-1-5200-8155-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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October 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Never Coming Back
Author(s): Alison McGhee
ISBN: 1-5200-8159-6 / 978-1-5200-8159-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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October 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Never Coming Back
Author(s): Alison McGhee
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October 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Never Coming Back
Author(s): Alison McGhee
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October 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Never Coming Back: A Novel
Author(s): Alison McGhee
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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