Familiar

Familiar

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by J. Robert Lennon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1555976255

ISBN-13: 2901555976254

Pub. Date: 10/02/2012

Publisher: Graywolf Press

A haunting, enigmatic novel about a woman who is given a second chance—and isn't sure whether she really wants it
* A Publishers Weekly "Indie Sleeper"
• A Powell's Indiespensable Pick
• The Nervous Breakdown's October Book Club Pick *

Elisa Brown is driving back from her annual, somber visit to her son Silas's grave

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A haunting, enigmatic novel about a woman who is given a second chance—and isn't sure whether she really wants it
* A Publishers Weekly "Indie Sleeper"
• A Powell's Indiespensable Pick
• The Nervous Breakdown's October Book Club Pick *

Elisa Brown is driving back from her annual, somber visit to her son Silas's grave when something changes. Actually, everything changes: her body is more voluptuous; she's wearing different clothes and driving a new car. When she arrives home, her life is familiar—but different. There is her house, her husband. But in the world she now inhabits, Silas is no longer dead, and his brother is disturbingly changed. Elisa has a new job, and her marriage seems sturdier, and stranger, than she remembers. She finds herself faking her way through a life she is convinced is not her own. Has she had a psychotic break? Or has she entered a parallel universe? Elisa believed that Silas was doomed from the start, but now that he is alive, what can she do to repair her strained relations with her children? She soon discovers that these questions hinge on being able to see herself as she really is—something that might be impossible for Elisa, or for anyone. In Familiar, J. Robert Lennon continues his profound and exhilarating exploration of the surreal undercurrents of contemporary American life.

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ISBN-13:
2901555976254
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
224

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Familiar: A Novel 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Fraise More than 1 year ago
My only problem with this book is trying to get my head out of it now that I'm done reading. The author is masterful--he pulls you in with a relatively simple concept, and assumptions about the roles of parents and the loss of a child, and weaves them into a wholly unexpected picture. 
mommaofthreeloves More than 1 year ago
and money. Only a little over a hundred pages and really just stunk. I will never get that time back!