The Biographies of Ordinary People

The Biographies of Ordinary People

by Nicole Dieker

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Overview

The Gruber sisters grow up in this second volume of The Biographies of Ordinary People, navigating jobs, friendships, and relationships in a constantly changing world.

The Biographies of Ordinary People is the story of the Gruber family: Rosemary and Jack, and their daughters Meredith, Natalie, and Jackie. The two-volume series begins in July 1989, on Rosemary's thirty-fifth birthday; it ends in November 2016, on Meredith's thirty-fifth birthday.

The second volume follows the three Gruber sisters as they each leave their rural Midwestern hometown and try to make their way in the larger world. Meredith is determined to pursue a career in the theater. Natalie begins sorting and filing for an insurance company. Jackie... well, Jackie still wants to sing, and if the classical music world isn't interested in what she can do, she'll figure out how to do it on her own.

Set against the Great Recession, Presidents Obama and Trump, and a growing sense of national unrest, this final volume explores Meredith's question: is it possible for ordinary people to make art? It also takes us into the close emotional connections between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends, and the people we choose to love as adults.

Reviews and praise:
"...a satisfying family saga about growing up and coming into one's own." – Foreword Clarion Reviews

"A shrewdly unique portrait of everyday America." – Kirkus Reviews

"...the writing is precise and wonderfully descriptive." – BlueInk Review

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162126386
Publisher: Nicole Dieker
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Series: The Biographies of Ordinary People , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 501 KB

About the Author

Nicole Dieker is a freelance writer, the editor of The Billfold, and the host of the Writing & Money podcast. Her work has appeared in Boing Boing, Popular Science, Scratch, The Write Life, The Freelancer, The Toast, and numerous other publications. The Biographies of Ordinary People is her debut novel, if you don’t count the speculative fiction epic she wrote when she was in high school.

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