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Hardback 240 Pages
Published: 08/03/2018

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Alan Querry, a successful property developer from the north of England, has two daughters: Vanessa, a philosopher who lives and teaches in Saratoga Springs, NY, and Helen, a record company executive based in London. The sisters never quite recovered from their parents' bitter divorce and the early death of their mother, with Vanessa particularly affected, and plagued by bouts of depression since her teenage years. When she suffers a new crisis, Alan and Helen travel to Saratoga Springs. Over the course of six wintry days in upstate New York, the Querry family begins to struggle with the questions that animate this profound and searching novel: Why do some people find living so much harder than others? Is happiness a skill that can be learned, or a lucky accident of birth? Is reflection helpful to happiness or an obstacle to it? If, as a favourite philosopher of Vanessa's puts it, 'the only serious enterprise is living', how should we live? Rich in subtle human insight, full of poignant and often funny portraits, and vivid with a sense of place, Upstate is a perceptive, intensely moving novel.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787330627
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 379 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 25 mm

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“Upstate”

Alan Querry lives a modest life in Northumberland, he is moderately successful as a developer and after the hard time of the divorce and death of his first wife, he found a new love. When his daughter Helen informs... More

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“Upstate”


This is a really enjoyable book, which seemed to end a little abruptly. I want to know what happened next to all the characters, particularly Helen, as there seemed to be so much left to find out. There was a good... More

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Linda Hepworth

“A beautifully written perceptive, reflective story.”

Alan Querry is a successful property developer in the north-east. Although he now lives in an affluent area of Northumberland, he grew up in an upwardly-mobile working-class family and often questions whether he... More

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