When a young widow's reclusive life in a charming beach town is interrupted by a surprise visitor, she is forced to reckon with dark secrets about her family, her late husband, and the past she tried to leave behind.
Lauren Adelman and her high school sweetheart, Rory Kincaid, are a golden couple. They marry just out of college as Rory, a star hockey player, earns a spot in the NHL. Their future could not look brighter when Rory shocks everyone-Lauren most of all-by enlisting in the U.S. Army. When Rory dies in combat, Lauren is left devastated, alone, and under unbearable public scrutiny.
Seeking peace and solitude, Lauren retreats to her family's old beach house on the Jersey Shore. But this summer she's forced to share the house with her overbearing mother and competitive sister. Worse, a stranger making a documentary about Rory tracks her down and persuades her to give him just an hour to talk about her husband.
One hour with filmmaker Matt Brio turns into a summer of revelations, surprises, and upheaval. As the days grow shorter and her grief changes shape, Lauren begins to understand the past-and to welcome the future.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.15(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Jamie Brenner was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia but has called New York City her home for the past twenty years. She graduated from George Washington University with a degree in literature and spent her career in publishing before becoming an author herself. Her books include The Gin Lovers, The Wedding Sisters and her next novel, The Husband Hour, will publish in April 2018. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The cover of The Husband Hour would make the reader think that it is a light fun beach read. It is so much more than that - it's about sports, the military and family. It does take place at the beach - the Jersey shore to be exact and its a wonderful well written book. Lauren has been a widow for 5 years after her husband Rory dies in the middle east during combat. They met in high school - he was a star hockey player and she was a quiet student. When he was drafted by the NHL after college they got married. After several bad hits in the head, his personality began to change and he joined the Army. When Rory dies in combat, Lauren is left devastated, alone, and hounded by the media. She runs away to her parents beach house at the Jersey shore and becomes a loner. When she finds out that there is a documentary being made about Rory's life, she is infuriated and tries to stop Matt from filming anyone in her family. The author did significant research on traumatic brain injuries suffered by athletes and I learned a lot about the issue. Overall, this is a wonderful story about learning to overcome grief and learn to live life again after a loved on dies.
Absorbing, poignant, and incredibly moving! The Husband Hour is a beautifully written story that delves into the complexities and dynamics of relationships between partners, siblings, and the nuclear family as a whole and reminds us that there’s no perfection in humanity, we are all wonderfully flawed. The prose is fluid and well turned. The characters are authentic, scarred and lovable. And the story is an exceptionally mesmerizing tale about life, loss, love, grief, forgiveness, familial drama, friendship, courage, community, moving on, happiness, and the enduring physical and psychological effects of sports injuries on professional athletes. Overall, The Husband Hour is the perfect blend of heart-wrenching emotion, grit, hope, and humour. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it left me smiling, and I absolutely loved it!
Lauren Adelman, a young widow, has become a recluse in a small beach town, but her quite life is interrupted when a documentarian finds her and she is forced to confront secrets about her family, late husband, and marriage. Behind the deceptive cover of The Husband Hours lies a very contemporary, moving story with surprising depth about Lauren and her high school sweetheart, Rory Kincaid. They married just after college and Rory became a stand-out player in the National Hockey League. Then, as they appear to have achieved their dreams and their future looks bright, Rory shocks everyone, including Lauren, by announcing that he is giving up hockey and enlisting in the United State Army. After being deployed, Rory died in combat. Public scrutiny and heartbreak cause Lauren to retreat to her family's New Jersey beach house and begin work in a local cafe. Expecting to be able to live there alone indefinitely, she is dismayed when her mother, sister, and young nephew move in, as well. It seems that her father made some unfortunate financial decisions that have left her parents struggling and her sister has left her relationship. And then, to make matters worse, the filmmaker begins snooping around, trying to get Lauren and Rory's family members to speak on camera. Lauren has no way of knowing that when she relents, agreeing to be interviewed, the trajectory of her life will change dramatically. Over the course of the summer, Lauren learns what really happened to Rory, why he was so determined to join the military, and the secrets that her family members have been keeping. The Husband Hour is not really a novel about a husband at all. It's about a young woman who makes the best decisions she can with the information available to her at the time, and the manner in which she reacts when she learns the truth about so many details of her life and the way in which it has been impacted by others' decisions. The Husband Hour is an exploration of betrayal, deceit, the destructive power of secrets, forgiveness, and resilience. Lauren learns that "a husband is just a man. Flawed. Infinitely fallible. The only way marriage works is to forgive and move on." And forgiveness is the first step toward peace even if the husband in question is no longer here. It's about the power to learn from the past in order to build the future. Jamie Brenner creates highly empathetic, believable characters, each flawed in his/her own way, that readers will care deeply about. That is especially true of Lauren who harbors so much guilt and regret as the story opens. Brenner credibly takes readers along on Lauren's journey to the truth, and reconciliation with what she discovers, delivering a conclusion that feels natural and is deeply satisfying. She also explores the timely issue of traumatic brain injuries among professional athletes (not just football players) and the failure of team owners, doctors, and athletes themselves, to properly assess and understand the deadly impact of concussions. The Husband Hour resonates long after the last page has been read, and is an excellent selection for book clubs, as there are many themes that lend themselves to discussion. Thanks to Net Galley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
I could barely finish this book. It wasn't because it was bad, not even close. No, that was definitely not it. It was due to many tears and the many loud foghorn noises emanating from blowing my nose so much that went along with those tears. I hear a lot about CTE in the news in relation to football players suffering concussions, but I never really thought about hockey. I suppose that's because I don't really follow it, but however, it does make sense. Those guys are cray, cray on that ice! This book really touched me. It wasn't only because of my feelings towards the subject matter at all. It was because the author did an awesome job of portraying the characters in this heartbreaking tale of one family's lives. There were so many issues involved in the plot of this story and none of them felt out of place or redundantly portrayed. It was a story of one family's love, loss and life. A story that broke my heart and had me smiling at the end. This wasn't my first book by this author, but it was definitely the best. I absorbed this book in one sitting with frequent breaks to attend to the needs of my eyeballs and my nose. An excellent read which I thoroughly enjoyed. Kudos to the author and thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
MY REVIEW OF “THE HUSBAND HOUR” BY Jamie Brenner Kudos to Jamie Brenner, Author of “The Husband Hour” for writing such a captivating, intense, intriguing, and enthralling novel. BE WARNED: This is a difficult novel to put down. I read this in one sitting. There are so many significant issues that Jamie Brenner writes about in a fictional setting. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated. Some of the characters live and act in a dysfunctional way. There are secrets from the past and present, betrayals, and lack of communication. Lauren, a widow has been mourning the death of her husband, Rory Kincaid, a former NHL Hockey Player, and a soldier that has died in combat. After his death, Lauren lives in seclusion, existing pretty much alone in her family’s old home on the Jersey shore. To Lauren’s dismay her sister Stephanie and young son arrive to stay at the house, after Stephanie announces her divorce. Lauren’s parents arrive as well with secrets of their own. There has been friction between the sisters for years. The conflicting personalities create a stormy atmosphere. Matt Brio, is a film maker, and his latest project includes make a film about Rory Kincaid. Matt is intrigued with the angle of both sports injuries and war-related injuries. Matt has motives of his own, but wants to interview Lauren about her husband. What will investigating the past bring up that involves the present and future? I appreciate that Jamie Brenner discussed head injuries, combat injuries, in sports players and the men and women that serve our country. What help are they getting? How are their families affected? How can these people and their families be helped?What are the consequences of ignoring this? The author also talks about the importance of family, friends, emotional support, forgiveness, self and emotional growth, acceptance, love and hope. I would highly recommend this novel to readers of Fiction , Women’s Fiction, and readers that appreciate significant contemporary issues. I received an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.