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“[A] marvelously mature debut…Hall displays a Whartonian malice…[and] seamlessly transitions among the many individual points of view…The novel’s technical proficiency and its gratifyingly nuanced ending make it easy to recommend."
“[The Carriage House is] a twisted family saga lodged in John Cheever and Wes Anderson.”
“Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, this debut novel follows three daughters who work together to restore their father’s health and save their Main Line, Philadelphia home and all it represents.”
“Louisa Hall deftly explores the notions of romantic and familial regret in her debut novel…The Carriage House is full of compelling personal portraits—characters who’ll stay with you long after you put the book down.”
“Hall provides keen insight…A thoughtful, character-driven novel.”
“Hall’s decision to shift the perspective to include multiple voices deepends the reader’s empathy for characters who were more minor (and noxious) in Persuasion.”
"Louisa Hall writes about the wars waged between neighbors and family members with extraordinary sympathy and a keen sense of humor. Part Jane Austen, part John Cheever, this tale of upheaval in a suburban Philadelphia household marks the debut of a stunning new writer."
"Every sentence in The Carriage House is full of clarity, attention, and grace. Louisa Hall is a writer to be admired.”
“The Carriage House is gorgeously detailed and rife with betrayal, heartbreak, nostalgia, lost love, and possibilities for redemption. You will ache for the Adair family, cringe at their mistakes, and plead with them to make peace with each other before it’s too late. In her smart and insightful debut, Louisa Hall examines the ways in which we fail and forgive others—and ourselves.”
Posted March 17, 2013
I loved this book. The third person narration is so well balanced and paced. The characters come alive with the perfect blend of tragedy and humor. Recommend!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.