The History of Us

The History of Us

Large Print - 2013 | Large Print edition.
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Eloise Hempel is on her way to teach a class at Harvard when she receives a devastating phone call. Her sister and her husband have been killed in a tragic accident, and Eloise must return home to Cincinnati to take their three children, Theodora, Josh, and Claire, out of the hands of her own incapable mother. She moves back into her mother's century-old house and, after her mother leaves, pours her own money into its upkeep. Nearly two decades later, Eloise is still in that house with now-grown Theo, Josh, and Claire, still thinking about the career and life she left behind, even as she pushes the kids to get a move on. With Claire leaving for New York City for a promising ballet career, Eloise has plans to finally sell the house and start a life that is hers alone. But when her mother creates a competition for which of them gets the house and Claire turns out to have a life-changing secret, their makeshift family begins to fall apart.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2013.
Edition: Large Print edition.
ISBN: 9781410457110
1410457117
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE STEWART
Characteristics: 525 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm

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ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2013

Seventeen years ago, 28-year-old Eloise Hempel left a promising career at Harvard to move to Cincinnati to raise her sister's three kids after the deaths of their parents. Now that they're adults, Eloise feels that it's her chance to sell the house they were raised in and reclaim the life she gave up. But it's not going to be that easy. The grown kids, especially the eldest, 28-year-old Theodora, want to keep the house (despite the fact that none of them can pay the bills), and Eloise's trouble-making mother (who long ago fled south) refuses to sign the house over for Eloise to sell. An observant story of family dynamics and the trials of reaching adulthood, The History of Us will appeal to fans of domestic fiction.

Fiction A to Z newsletter February 2013.

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