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Bagley Public Library POI (Text) 33500013278098 New Available -
Barnesville Public Library POI (Text) 33500013278106 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library POI (Text) 35500006300980 New Checked out 10/08/2020

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  • ISBN: 9781476729992
  • ISBN: 1476729999
  • Physical Description: 293 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2020.

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"The Starling family is scattered across the country. Parents Richard and Lisa live in Ithaca, New York, and work at Cornell University. Their son Michael, a shoe salesman, resides with his elementary school teacher wife, Diane, in Dallas. His brother, Thad, an aspiring poet, makes his home in New York City with his famous painter boyfriend, Jake. But for years they've reunited for vacation each summer at their North Carolina lake house. Now that's about to end, as Richard and Lisa have decided to retire, move to Florida, and sell the lake house. Before they do, the group will spend one final weekend at the lake. However, what's supposed to be a joyous farewell takes a nightmarish turn when they witness a neighbor boy drown. The stress of this tragedy unlooses a series of dramatic revelations among the Starlings: Michael's alcoholism, Thad's and Jake's open relationship, Richard's infidelity, Diane's pregnancy, Lisa's loss of a daughter before the birth of her two sons. As the weekend unfolds, the family's strength is tested, and each member is forced to reckon with who they are and what they want out of life. Set in contemporary America, Lake Life is a sprawling domestic novel in the mold of John Updike's Rabbit series, Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections and Elizabeth Stroud's Olive Kitteridge"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1
    *Starred Review* In Poissant's masterfully crafted first novel, the bonds that hold together a dysfunctional family unravel over the course of a single weekend. Even before a tragic boating accident upends the annual Starling vacation, Richard and Lisa, career academics on the verge of retirement, announce their decision to sell the family lake house against the wishes of their sons, Michael and Thad, who wrestle with demons of their own. Michael, a not-so-stealthy alcoholic, and his wife Diane struggle to make ends meet and must confront the pressing question of whether to have children. Thad, a fledgling poet, and his wildly successful boyfriend Jake debate the future of their open relationship. Over a tense three days, dark secrets bubble to the surface and threaten to explode the family dynamics. Simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious, the novel's brisk pace and perfectly executed moments make for a stunning, unforgettable story. As in his first short story collection, The Heaven of Animals (2014), Poissant's compassion for his characters generates empathy for even their most disastrous actions. A totally engrossing story of the long shadows cast by troubled relationships and the glimmer of hope that dawns after painful confrontation. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals: Stories, in print in five languages, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award and a Florida Book Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, One Story, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in numerous anthologies including New Stories from the South, Best New American Voices, and Best American Experimental Writing. A recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Tin House, Wesleyan, and Longleaf writers&; conferences, he teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters. Lake Life is his first novel.

Subject: Family vacations > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Vacation homes > North Carolina > Fiction.
North Carolina > Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

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