One of Kirkus' Best Books of 2016
Crisis is looming for three generations of the Olyphant family.
In less than a year, Henrietta has lost her husband and nearly all of her money, and is about to lose her hard-won anonymity. After a lifetime spent trying to outrun the humiliation her own book caused her, Henrietta has reluctantly agreed to a reissue of The Inseparables, the salaciously filthy and critically despised bestseller she wrote decades earlier.
At the same time, her daughter, Oona, has moved back home to the house that Henrietta needs to sell. Oona is in the middle of a divorce from her husband, Spencer, a corporate-law refugee, stay-at-home dad, and unapologetic stoner. And Oona's teenage daughter, Lydia, away at boarding school, is facing an onslaught of scrutiny and shame when a nude photo of her goes viral.
The trouble only gets worse: Henrietta makes an upsetting discovery about her late husband; Oona embarks on a disastrous affair; and Lydia must deal with an ex-boyfriend who is determined to wreak havoc. Over the course of a few tumultuous days, the Olyphant women must come to terms with their past and try to reimagine their future.
Incisive, moving, and wickedly funny, The Inseparables examines what happens when our most carefully constructed ideas about our lives unravel, and we begin to reinvent ourselvesand our familyanew.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Stuart Nadler is a recipient of the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of the novel Wise Men and the story collection The Book of Life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sex and shame have gone hand in hand for much too long. This is the theme to Stuart Nadler's The Inseparables. He has fabulously written three generations of women whose lives have all arrived at this sadly familiar intersection. Although some parts were hard to read, it's not all seriousness. There are moving family moments and a surprising amount of humor to lighten up what could have been a very dark book. I found The Inseparables to be engaging and I was invested in all aspects. I loved the ongoing message that although society seems to be addicted to sexual shame, we can choose not to accept it. All this girl power written by a man. Imagine that! My favorite quote: "Shame is a choice."