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The World Without You (Pantheon)
Acclaimed novelist Joshua Henkin reads and signs his third book, The World Without You, a poignant novel about sibling rivalries, marriage in crisis, and the aftermath of family tragedy.
"Witty and wise, poignant and heartfelt. . . . The 4th of July will never be the same for me, nor for my fellow Americans. I can't imagine a world without Joshua Henkin." —Gary Shteyngart
"It's no secret that Henkin is a writer of voluminous heart, humanity, and talent." —Julia Glass, author of The Widower's Tale
From the author of the widely acclaimed novel "Matrimony "(a "New York Times" Notable Book)--a moving, deeply engaging new novel about love, loss, and the aftermath of a family tragedy.
It's July 4th, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending upon their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. But this is no ordinary holiday: the family is gathering for a memorial. Leo, the youngest of the four Frankel siblings and an intrepid journalist and adventurer, was killed one year ago while on assignment in Iraq. His parents, Marilyn and David, are adrift in grief, and it's tearing apart their forty-year marriage. Clarissa, the eldest, is struggling at thirty-nine with infertility. Lily, a fiery-tempered lawyer, is angry about everything. Noelle, a born-again Orthodox Jew (and the last person to see Leo alive), has come in from Israel with her husband and four children and feels entirely out of place. And Thisbe--Leo's widow and mother of their three-year-old son--has arrived from California bearing her own secret. Over the course of three days, the Frankels will contend with sibling rivalries and marital feuds, volatile women and silent men, and, ultimately, with the true meaning of family.