A storm is threatening the East Coast of America, swelling the rivers and submerging the roads, and as the clouds gather on the horizon the inhabitants of a small Boston suburb feel their lives begin to spiral away from them.
Vincent, a school teacher, meets with a former student, Henry, to discuss the wrenching possibility of hospitalising his only daughter. As he offers advice, Henry, now a young psychology professor, tests the boundaries of his own marriage, while Lucinda, his pregnant wife, harbours another secret. Shadowing these characters is Jack, a college intern, who gathers climate data and thinks of ways to bridge the distance between himself and his increasingly absent girlfriend.
As he logs field notes gathered from the surrounding forests and rivers, Jack becomes more and more preoccupied by the data: what it explains, along with the many things it does not about the places and people he treasures.
Connecting them all, as their paths are reshaped by the changing world around them, is Cynthia, a young woman uncertain of everything but her sadness.
The Measures Between Us delicately and powerfully traces the intricate strands that bind us together. At once sweeping and intimate, it is a revelatory novel of family and friendship, absence and belonging.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 566 g
Dimensions: 216 x 153 mm
The Measures Between Us is a beautifully written and completely compelling story about the storms that flood towns and the ones that flood human lives. This is a novelistic debut of enormous accomplishment and even greater promise. It is the very essence of a good read * Stephen King *
Poignant ... A powerfully affecting story about our capacity to hurt the people around us and our imperfect attempts to bridge the divides between ourselves and our loved ones * Herald *
As a storm threatens a Boston river suburb, a group of friends and strangers provides a moving look at the ties that connect people * People *
While the world and weather carry on, indifferent to lives left in ruins, or why, Ethan Hauser's network of people enact the many permutations of love - the difficulty of needing it, finding it, hanging onto it and, perhaps most curious of all, avoiding it when it arrives inconveniently. In every way this is a love story, and beautifully faithful to rendering it whole * Antonya Nelson, author of Bound *
Ethan Hauser's powers of compassion and observation are remarkable; each life in this richly layered narrative is rendered with sensitivity, attention, and insight. Most striking of all is how he brings these disparate lives together, revealing how profoundly we are shaped by the forces of family, love and inevitable change * Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, National Book Award finalist and author of Ms Hempel Chronicles *