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Have to check out: Hello Goodbye by Emily Chenoweth

May 28th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


A co-worker brought this book to my attention since it was written by a friend of his.  It sounds great and I definitely want to check it out.

Description: In a single week, a family leaves behind its past and a daughter awakens to the future in Emily Chenoweth’s intimate and beautifully crafted debut novel.

In the winter of 1990, Helen Hansen-counselor, wife, and mother in the prime of her life-is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The following August, Helen, her husband, Elliott, and their daughter, Abby, a freshman in college, take a trip to northern New Hampshire, where Helen will be able to say goodbye to a lifetime of friends. Ensconced in a historic resort in the White Mountains-a place where afternoon cocktails are served on the veranda and men are expected to wear jackets after six-the Hansens and their guests must improvise their own rituals of remembrance and reconnection.

For Elliott, the trip is a parting gift to his beloved wife, as well as some needed respite from the caretaking duties that have become his main work. For Helen and the procession of old friends who come to pay their respects, the days offer a poignant celebration of a dear, too-brief life. And for Abby, still unaware that her mother’s cancer is terminal, the week brings a surprising conflict between loyalty and desire as, drawn by the youthful, spirited hotel staff, she finds herself caught between the affections of two very different young men.

Heartbreaking and luminous, Hello Goodbye deftly explores a family’s struggle with love and loss, as a summer vacation becomes an occasion for awakening rather than farewell, and life inevitably blossoms in the face of death.

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Posted in Books, General Fiction

3 Responses

  1. Jon Michael Varese

    Debbie . . . how awesome of you to blog about this. And what an awesome blog! I had no idea you were such a reader, though it’s not surprising. I gave you the link to my own books blog above.

    You will love the book — perfect for a lazy weekend when you want to lie around and think about the fleetingness of life, your own mortality, and the people who love you.

  2. dsuzuki

    Thanks Jon! Glad to highlight interesting looking books and I didn’t know you blogged either. I’ve added you to my Google reader.

  3. Kailana

    This looks interesting! I look forward to your review when you get a chance to read it!

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