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  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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3 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hawley Public Library KEA (Text) 33500013792981 New Checked out 06/13/2023
Moorhead Public Library KEA (Text) 33500013792999 New Checked out 06/16/2023
Greenbush Public Library KEA (Text) 35500006674582 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982172602
  • ISBN: 1982172606
  • Physical Description: 296 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2023.

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Summary, etc.:
"From the beloved bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes, an unforgettable novel about a couple in a small town and the complexities of marriage, family, longing, and desire. Malcolm Gephardt, handsome and gregarious longtime bartender at the Half Moon, has always dreamed of owning a bar. When his boss finally retires, Malcolm stretches to buy the place. He sees unquantifiable magic and potential in the Half Moon and hopes to transform it into a bigger success, but quickly realizes that making margins won't be easy. His smart and confident wife, Jess, has devoted herself to her law career. After years of trying to have a baby, she is struggling to accept the idea that motherhood may not be in the cards for her. Like Malcolm, she feels her youth beginning to slip away and wonders how to reshape her future. Award-winning author Mary Beth Keane's new novel takes place over the course of a week when Malcolm learns shocking news about Jess, a patron of the bar goes missing, and a blizzard hits the town, trapping everyone in place. With a deft eye and generous spirit, Keane explores the disappointments and unexpected consolations of midlife, the many forms forgiveness can take, and what it means to be a family"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2023 March #1
    *Starred Review* Malcolm Gephardt is a charming guy and the consummate bar owner. But charm can't fix a slow Saturday night, pay the liquor distributors, or convince his wife, Jess, that their family of two is enough. The Half Moon, the platonic ideal of a small town bar, still has big bills to pay. Charm has gotten Malcolm out of more than a few sticky spots, but, lately, everything is different. With a blizzard on the way, the bar falling further in the red, and Jess refusing to talk, Malcolm can tell something's about to snap. And snap it does, though not in a way he could have ever predicted. Keane (Ask Again, Yes, 2019) explores the sacrifices of a marriage, setting Malcolm's impulsive deal to buy the bar he loved against Jess's consuming dream of parenthood. Keane is sympathetic to her subjects, letting Malcolm and Jess air their thoughts in alternating chapters; the tension is undeniable and deeply compelling. Mixing two parts Matthew Norman, one part Greg Olear, topped with J. R. Moehringer's The Tender Bar and served with an unexpected twist, Keane's charming, tautly-paced, and introspective novel will delight fans of Jennifer Close's Marrying the Ketchups. Copyright 2023 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Mary Beth Keane attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA. She was awarded a John S. Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing, and has received citations from the National Book Foundation, PEN America, and the Hemingway Society. She is the author of The Walking People, Fever, and Ask Again, Yes—a New York Times bestseller and a Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Summer Reads Pick. Ask Again, Yes has been sold in twenty-two languages. She lives in New York with her family.

Subject: Bartenders > Fiction.
Married people > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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