A wise and funny novel about the kind of love that extends beyond boundaries—within this world and into the next
Raised in the Tennessee hills in the 1950s by a widower father, Jude grows into a young woman who finds her soul mate in her new neighbor Molly. But when age and social convention intervene, she must find a new person to entrust with her heart. Venturing north to pursue all that ’60s New York has to offer, Jude finds comfort in her childhood pal Sandy, a man now in the midst of his own metamorphosis. Will she give her love to Sandy, or will the attractive and mysterious poet Anna be her true match? With an endearing heroine and a keen understanding of the human condition, Alther’s smart and captivating tale considers how changing views on what it means to love—and be loved—can alter lives. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lisa Alther, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Lisa Alther is the bestselling author of five novels, among them the critically acclaimed Kinflicks, and a family memoir, Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree. She was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, in 1944, one of five children in a close-knit family influenced by both its Southern and “Yankee” roots. After attending Wellesley College and working in book publishing, she moved to Vermont, where she began to write and raise her daughter. Alther currently divides her time among Tennessee, Vermont, and New York City.
What People are Saying About This
Blanche McCrary Boyd
"The promise of Lisa Alter's first novel, Kin Flicks, is fullfilled in her fifth, Five Minutes in Heave, which explores the complexities of lesbianism with an extraordinary sexual and emotional maturity. At the end, I felt like shouting hurrah."
"Nobody can do a personal quet novel like Lisa Alter. Her new heroine is so consistently likeable and interesting that I found myself wishing she would turn up at my doorstep."
Rita Mae Brown
"Five Minutes in Heaven is a little bit of heaven."