Imagine Me Gone (Hardback)
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Imagine Me Gone (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 30/06/2016
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2017 A sweeping American drama about the long legacy of mental illness, the bonds of kinship, and the limits of love Michael is John and Margaret's eldest son. He's a precocious kid, smart and funny, obsessed with books and music. His sister Celia is the sensible one in the family: tougher than the boys, unshakeably certain about how the world works. And then there's Alec, the youngest, the most ambitious and also the most sensitive. He grows up in the shadow of Michael's distant coolness and Celia's pragmatic confidence, never quite keeping up with the others. The children are still living at home when their brilliant, beloved father walks into the woods by their house and take his own life. Years later, one of them will follow him. How are we damaged by what we inherit? How much can any family give to save one of its own? And how can you tell the difference between what is passed on and what is picked up - between the truly inherited flaw and the self-fulfilling prophecy? Weaving together the voices of five family members, Adam Haslett imagines how a single isolated tragedy can become the event that defines many lives, unfolding a rich and painful novel that has all the makings of an American classic.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241201213
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 625 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm


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Publisher's description. How much can any of us do to save those we love from themselves? What does the dark legacy of guilt do to a person, to a relationship, to a family? Achingly poignant and sharply witty, this portrait of a single tragedy rippling across many lives has all the makings of an American classic. * Penguin *
Imagine Me Gone is literature of the highest order. It manages to be both dreadfully sad and hilariously funny all at once. It is luminous with love * Peter Carey *
Exceptional, haunting, intimate and panoramic...There is an exhilaration in reading something so perceptive and well executed...This is certainly a sad story, but also a warm and moving one, which bears witness to the intertwining of grief and love * Sunday Times *
With skill and subtlety, Imagine Me Gone sweeps the reader into its characters' worlds and makes us reflect on our own lives. It might be the best American novel about a middle-class family since Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections * Independent *
Haslett has a great gift for capturing the strikingly different inner worlds of his characters and rendering them in beautiful prose * Guardian *
It's not just one of the best novels of the year; it might be one of the best novels ever about living, and dying, with mental illness * NPR Best Books of the Year 2016 *
Raw, tender and hilarious...a family saga reminiscent at times of Anne Enright's The Green Road...The Pulitzer-Prize-shortlisted Haslett lets rip to dazzling effect...A showstopper * Daily Mail *
There are some books, and this is one, that grab you in the first paragraphs and don't let go. A beautiful novel that re-evaluates how we cope with tragedy * ELLE *
Brilliantly captures the excruciating burden of love * Esquire *

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Angie at Glasgow Sauchiehall Street

“Absolutely stunning. ”

Incredible treatment of mental illness. The voice of the central character (particularly his way with words describing the music he loves) is sheer genius. I didn’t like the ending, but then, I didn’t write it. Still... More

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