The Excellent Lombards

The Excellent Lombards

by Jane Hamilton


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The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton

"This is the book Jane Hamilton was born to write... [it is] magnificent." - Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth

"Everything you could ask for in a coming-of-age novel-- funny, insightful, observant, saturated with hope and melancholy." - Tom Perotta, author of Little Children and The Leftovers

"Tender, eccentric, wickedly funny and full voice to Jane Hamilton's storytelling gifts." - Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank and Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard is fiercely in love with her family's sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie's roots. As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go. A new classic from the author of Oprah's Book Club picks A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455564200
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 317,777
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jane Hamilton's novels have won literary prizes, been made into films, and become international bestsellers; and two of them, The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, were selections of Oprah's Book Club. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times; Washington Post; Allure; O, The Oprah Magazine; Elle; and various anthologies. She's married to an apple farmer and lives in Wisconsin.

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The Excellent Lombards 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book as I loved Jane Hamilton's earlier works: A Map of the World, The Book of Ruth, When Madeline Was Young...was very disappointed. All the characters were quirky to the point of being annoying, and there was very little happening in terms of plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept waiting for the plot to develop . A quick read . Left with feeling that the book could have and should have been better .
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Piney10 More than 1 year ago
I'd rate this a 3.5. I have always enjoyed Jane Hamilton's works, Book of Ruth and Map of the World but this one, The Excellent Lombards, was not on the same level as the earlier ones. I liked it but did not love it. This is a coming of age book about a young girl who lives on a farm in Wisconsin. It was interesting on the life of farmers and it's changing landscape in more recent times, with the challenges facing those families who have been in farming for many generations. The characters were all well developed, particularly the protagonist, Mary Frances/Frankie. She reminded me somewhat of the character Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. Not Hamilton's best but still enjoyable.