The Tender Land: A Family Love Story

The Tender Land: A Family Love Story

by Kathleen Finneran
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The Tender Land: A Family Love Story by Kathleen Finneran

A superb portrait of family life, THE TENDER LAND is a love story unlike any other. The Finnerans -- parents and five children, Irish Catholics in St. Louis -- are a seemingly unexceptional family. Theirs is a story seldom told, yet it makes manifest how rich and truly extraordinary the ordinary daily experience we take for granted is. In quietly luminous language, Kathleen Finneran renders the emotional, spiritual, and physical terrain of family life -- its closeness and disconnection, its intimacy and estrangement--and pays tribute to the love between parents and children, brothers and sisters.
Ultimately, it is this love that sustains the Finnerans, for at the heart of THE TENDER LAND lies a catastrophic event: the suicide at fifteen of the author's younger brother after a public humiliation in junior high school. A gentle, handsome boy, Sean was a straight-A student and gifted athlete, especially treasured by every member of his family. Masterfully, the book interweaves past and present, showing how inseparable they are, and how the long accumulation of love and memory helps the Finnerans survive their terrible loss.
THE TENDER LAND is a testament to the always complicated ways in which we love one another. In the end, the Finnerans are a family much like the reader's own: like every other family, like no other family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618340743
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/11/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 684,547
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

KATHLEEN FINNERAN was born in St. Louis and is a graduate of Washington University. She was the recipient of a Whiting Award in 2001. The Tender Land is her first book. She lives in St. Louis.

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The Tender Land: A Family Love Story 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story almost became secondary to the lovely writing, I could not believe there is not another book by this author! She is a very talented writer and i wanted more
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be an excellent example of a well written but rather boring memoir. The author wants you feel the emotions and feelings of the family as they deal with the suicidal death of a family member. The author takes too long to get to the heart of what each family member is feeling. There was too much other information included that cluttered up the memoir. Anyone that has delt with this subject or is dealing with it now might find this memoir helpful. I have never had to deal with a suicidal death in the family and I found the subject, as presented in this book, to be very uninteresting to the point of being boring. The subject matter as it was presented to me did not make me want to continue reading after the first chapter. I felt like the author could have covered the same material in half the space and been more direct.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book so beautifully tells the story of the Finneran family, I feel as if I am enjoying a beautiful painting.Having lost a son myself, I can very easily feel the emotions portrayed. For me the key to a really good book is when I forget that I am reading because I am so immersed in and moved by the story. This book is that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful memoir. The author writes with clarity and delicacy and great insight about the intricate details of her family's history. The relationships are beautifully and warmly drawn. I treasured every word, every image, every member of her family. The author somehow enables love to make itself present in each depiction. And the reader him/herself also feels embraced.