The Hungry Season

The Hungry Season

by T. Greenwood
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The Hungry Season by T. Greenwood

It's been five years since the Mason family vacationed at the lakeside cottage in northeastern Vermont, close to where prize-winning novelist Samuel Mason grew up. The summers that Sam, his wife, Mena, and their twins Franny and Finn spent at Lake Gormlaith were noisy, chaotic, and nearly perfect. But since Franny's death, the Masons have been flailing, one step away from falling apart. Lake Gormlaith is Sam's last, best hope of rescuing his son from a destructive path and salvaging what's left of his family.

As Sam struggles with grief, writer's block, and a looming deadline, Mena tries to repair the marital bond she once thought was unbreakable. But even in this secluded place, the unexpected--in the form of an over-zealous fan, a surprising friendship, and a second chance--can change everything.

From the acclaimed author of Two Rivers comes a compelling and beautifully told story of hope, family, and above all, hunger--for food, sex, love and success--and for a way back to wholeness when a part of oneself has been lost forever.

Praise For T. Greenwood's Two Rivers

"A dark and lovely elegy, filled with heartbreak that turns itself into hope and forgiveness. I felt so moved by this luminous novel." --Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

"T. Greenwood's writing shimmers and sings. . ." --Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Belong to Me and Love Walked In

"A memorable, powerful work." --Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

"Greenwood is a writer of subtle strength, evoking small-town life beautifully while spreading out the map of Harper's life, finding light in the darkest of stories." --Publishers Weekly

"A sensitive and suspenseful portrayal of family and the ties that bind." --Lee Martin, author of The Bright Forever and River of Heaven

"A haunting story. . .Ripe with surprising twists and heartbreakingly real characters. . .remarkable and complex." --Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog and No One You Know

"A complex tale of guilt, remorse, revenge, and forgiveness. . . Convincing. . . Interesting. . ." --Library Journal

"Two Rivers is the story that people want to read: the one they have never read before." --Howard Frank Mosher, author of Walking to Gatlinburg

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758256973
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 241,533
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

T. Greenwood is the author of Breathing Water, Nearer Than the Sky, and Undressing the Moon, the latter two both Booksense 76 picks. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and, most recently, the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in the D.C. area, where she is also an aspiring fine arts photographer.

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Hungry Season 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
JakeTaylor More than 1 year ago
I knew Greenwood was coming out with a new book, but I was a slacker and did not know when it was to be released. So I was browsing at Barnes & Noble (a thing I love to do and am well-known for...when friends ask me what I'm doing most of the time the answer is...hanging out at B&N...sad to be so predictable...) and, again, happened upon Greenwood's latest book by accident. It was a sweet surprise. I barely even read, registered, thought about what the book was about because I knew I just had to read it. Greenwood writes beautifully. Her descriptions are vivid, her characters are realistically portrayed and each have identifiable flaws, and she actually uses symbolism and parallelism! All these things are must-haves for a good book. Symbolism is becoming a lost art in literature, but Greenwood proves that it can make a comeback and there is a place for it. Enough gushing about this awesome talent (of which I am jealous). The plot of the story, which I really read after I purchased the book (if you know me you know this is really strange for me to do) really hit home for me. It's about a family who take a summer trip to Lake Gormlaith in Vermont in the aftershock of losing their daughter and sister (respectively). The whole time we don't really know what happened to Franny. We just know she is no longer alive and the family is trying to pick up the pieces and stay together. One of the interesting things about this story is the idea of HUNGER. Greenwood says, in the back of the book, that she became fascinated with it because it is the basest of human needs and something we take for granted. Within the book, the writer father named Sam discovers how hunger plays in religions and cultures with fasting and such. And there were some fanatics who starved themselves on purpose to gain euphoria and something like nirvana. So there is the idea of literal hunger, right? But then here's where it gets interesting. Greenwood explores the idea of figurative hunger. Each of the characters hunger for something different. Mena, the mother, hungers for affection from her husband. Sam, the father, hungers for the return of his creative juices and the virility (through most of the book he battles impotence)of his youth. Finn, Franny's twin brother, hungers for peaceful sleep, normalcy with his parents, and trust. Throughout the story, each of them try to fulfill their hunger but they go about it the wrong way. The family is grieving the loss of Franny and, instead of exploring their grief as just plain grief, Greenwood uses HUNGER to explain what they are feeling. When I realized this I came to understand feelings I myself have felt over the last two years. There is another character, Dale, who also hungers. She is a psychotic fan of Sam's. The reader gets to see her gradual dive into the deep end as she goes from mere fan to stalker to lunatic. She hungers for completion through Sam. I tend to think she sees him as a father figure because her father was never there for her. It's hard to say, though, what is really driving Dale. She, too, goes about fulfilling her hunger in the wrong ways. I will not spoil the book by telling you how it resolves. Greenwood is a good enough writer that she doesn't really have to feed you the answers b
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a remarkable book. This book was very realistic. The author does a fantastic job depicting the aftermath of an unexpected death. She depicts grief from everybodies perspective. She even gets twin loss which is a whole seperate issue. A must read. You wont be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really makes you feel the pain of the characters grief. It allows you to get to know the characters on an individual basis and really opens your eyes to issues in the world that some of us may take for granted.
happiepets More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it kept my attention and I couldnt put it down. The author is one of my favorites too. You must read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by this author and I could not put it down. Interesting plot development. A sad but believable story about a loving contemporary family dealing with a great loss. I would highly recommend it. Doesnt play out in a predictable way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would have liked it if there would have been a thread of positivity through the story. Everything dark and hopeless then (spoiler alert) all of a sudden at the end everything works out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A powerful novel which explored the dynamics of a shattered family following the tragic death of their daughter. The relationships are vividly described in a way that made it impossible to put the book down. I found myself rooting for their successes, crying for their pain, and by the beautiful end of the book, exhausted and content as if I myself had been through their journey. I read the last page and immediately began back at the first.
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quaintinns More than 1 year ago
This is my fifth book by T. Greenwood and starting my sixth, (Two Rivers) today. As you can see, am not reading them in specific order. Once you have read one book by this talented author, you cannot stop until you read everything she has written-while anxiously awaiting her next masterpiece. I actually this one and finished it in same day. It is so hard to say which book is my favorite, as each and every one is a unique story. The author has a way of taking flawed characters and developing them into beautiful stories which will warm your heart and soul, and leave you pondering for hours after the book ends. T. Greenwood is in a class by herself and is hard to compare her to other writers; she gets to the heart of social issues, and not afraid to tackle them--put them out there in order for her characters to begin healing and starting over. “The Hungry Season” is no exception, as the readers guide and discussion questions are worth hours of book club and on line further discussions. Wow, what I would give to have her as a writing teacher – can you imagine? The Mason family is suffering after the loss of their daughter and heads from San Diego to Vermont (one of my favorite places), to their favorite summer lake house which they now buy, in order to escape the city and try and bring their life back to some sense of normal. Each one of them has issues to overcome: Sam, the father is suffering from writer’s block with a deadline hanging over him . His wife, Mena is trying to fix her family desperately, and her marriage to get back what they have lost. Lastly, Finn (the twin left behind) is acting out in all sorts of ways in order to feel something. Of course at the center of the novel is Franny. The book begins and ends with her presence and is about those she left behind. At the time of the novel she has died; however, the cause of death is not disclosed until towards the end, as this family tries desperately to forgive themselves, to begin nourishing one another. Love the way the author uses “hungry” throughout the novel as it relates eating disorders, strong needs, desire, or force. There are also secondary characters which experience hunger in different ways. As a note from the author, she so eloquently describes, “For some people deprived of necessary sustenance, hunger is suffering. Conversely, for some it can be a source of power and this love affair with hunger is irresistible to some, despite its often lethal consequences.” What a beautiful and compelling story, articulated with clarity and sensitivity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book...the first I've read by this author. It wasn't at all what I expected, but it really was a good book. It kept me wanting to read more, as there were many many interesting and unexpected plot twists. I have since read a few of her other books and enjoyed them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Huge disappointment. I did not get very far into the book. The language was vulgar and it lost my interest. Waste of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I beg to differ with the comment that "the whole time we don't really know what happened to Franny..."  This book is ALL about what happened to Franny from the title of the book to the last sentence!   This book held me captivated the entire time I was reading it.  Not only did it deal with major grief and how different people handle it, but it also showed how the people involved grew from the grief.  The twisted way this story ends was just that - twisted.  But it was also very funny!  I loved the wry sense of humor that threaded its way throughout the pages of this book - very impressive writing style!
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Good read
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R2RG More than 1 year ago
Its a great story if you like a family falling a part. Its entertaining and well told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very very excellent book!!!!!
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Nice, quick read