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By Peter Hedges

A "devilishly pleasant" (Bookpage) new novel from an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and the writer of What's consuming Gilbert Grape.

Tim and Kate Welch are probably the final middle-class kinfolk within the unique local of Brooklyn Heights, NewYork. Tim is a well-liked heritage instructor, and a regular man. Kate isn't really traditional, yet she aspires to be. cited by means of a hippie mom, Kate remains domestic with their younger sons attempting to be the liable guardian she by no means had. yet their neat and tidy global is became the wrong way up while Anna Brody- appealing, filthy rich, and impulsive-moves into the costliest brownstone in Brooklyn, and attracts Kate and Tim into her world.

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