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Upstate (Hardback)
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Upstate (Hardback)

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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


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Wood can produce sentences as fine as bone china." -- Claire Allfree * Daily Mail *
"Those who know Wood as the New Yorker's literary critic would do well to pick up his novels, too. Upstate is a funny, moving family drama." * GQ *
"Its energy derives from feted critic James Wood's observational chops, and you can expect muscular descriptions ... and modest, deeply humane revelations ... Polished, poignant and often very funny." -- Hephzibah Anderson * Mail on Sunday *
"Uncharted physical and emotional terrain collide in James Wood's thoughtful and thought-provoking second novel Upstate, a deceptively gentle exploration of the wounds of the past, the complex mesh of family relationships and the ways in which they aid or obstruct our strategies for healing ... stubbornly true to life." -- Rebecca Abrams * Financial Times *
"Wood's insightful novel is short but deep, possessing the openness of a short story ... The writing is beautiful, the location snow-crunchingly real ... A quietly engrossing read." -- Ella Walker * Herald *
"There is much to admire [in Upstate]... flashes of brilliance at sentence level... This is how fiction works." -- David Annand * Literary Review *
"[James Wood] has a canny eye for detail, writes a good metaphor ... and sets his scenes meticulously." -- James Marriott * The Times *
"With Upstate, Wood turns the tables ... Upstate is a book about being broken, people and nations both ... A rich and slowburn tale." -- Rosemary Goring * Herald *
"Upstate, a new novel by the literary critic James Wood, asks readers to consider a fundamental question: can one think one's way into happiness? ... Everything [Wood] does is underscored by humour. A great strength of Upstate is its general snap and vigour, and one sees this across Wood's criticism, too." -- Emma Brockes * Guardian *
"With a lovely warmth ... Coupled with a fine, light touch ... Upstate has a confident quietness which also suits the region of England from where its characters hail." -- Jonathan McAloon * Irish Times *

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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

Hardback edition
26th April 2018
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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

Hardback edition
12th May 2018
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