The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait

The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait

by Blake Bailey

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Overview

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist 'Autobiography'


The renowned biographer’s unforgettable portrait of a family in ruins—his own.


Meet the Baileys: Burck, a prosperous lawyer once voted the American Legion’s “Citizen of the Year” in his tiny hometown of Vinita, Oklahoma; his wife Marlies, who longs to recapture her festive life in Greenwich Village as a fetching young German immigrant, fresh off the boat; their addled son Scott, who repeatedly crashes the family Porsche; and Blake, the younger son, trying to find a way through the storm. “You’re gonna be just like me,” a drunken Scott taunts him. “You’re gonna be worse.”

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Blake Bailey has been hailed as “addictively readable” (New York Times) and praised for his ability to capture lives “compellingly and in harrowing detail” (Time). The Splendid Things We Planned is his darkly funny account of growing up in the shadow of an erratic and increasingly dangerous brother, an exhilarating and sometimes harrowing story that culminates in one unforgettable Christmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393350562
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 689,591
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Blake Bailey is the author of biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson, and he is at work on the authorized biography of Philip Roth. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Parkman Prize; and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Virginia, where he is the Mina Hohenberg Darden Professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. There are too many families who go through this everyday with a dysfunctional family member and not everyone is aware of the horrifying effects on every innocent member that has to endure it.