Fiction Caroline Leavitt Living Other Lives

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Living Other Lives

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Joining the storytelling traditions of Alice Hoffman and Anne Tyler, Caroline Leavitt captures women at pivotal times in their lives--when unusual circumstances make ordinary people do extraordinary things. Leavitt studies three women, each from a different generation, and what happens when they lose the man they all love.

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Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of seven novels, including Coming Back To Me. Her stories and essays have appeared in Redbook, McCall's, Salon, Parenting and various anthologies, including Father and A Few Thousand Words About Love. The winner of a New York Foundation of The Arts grant for her novel Into Thin Air, and a National Magazine Award nominee, she lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, and their young son, Max.

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A reckless, anguished and adrenaline-charged road trip opens Leavitt's (Into Thin Air) latest novel: Lilly, distraught after her fiance Matt's accidental death two weeks before their marriage, is driving his uncooperative daughter, Dinah, 15, from Manhattan to the Pittsburgh home of Matt's mother, Dell. After this riveting scene, the narrative backtracks, providing snapshots of the lives of these four characters. Dinah's blissful Ohio childhood with her divorced veterinarian father is recalled, as is the larger-than-life long-distance courtship of Lilly and Matt: "He left work to race home and fetch the mail, and if there was even a postcard from Lilly, he was delirious." With these and other bits of background established (including the loss of the clairvoyant powers that once earned Lilly a comfortable living as a psychic), the story line returns to 1990, as Lilly leaves Dinah with Dell and sets out on a cross-country journey of mourning, thinking she's seen the last of the unhappy teenager. But unforeseen circumstances draw Lilly back to Pittsburgh, where?against her will?she lays down tentative roots and makes a stab at providing Dinah with a home. In the next two years, Dinah, Dell and Lilly each come to terms with the loss of the man who meant so much to them. Throughout, Leavitt evinces an intimate understanding of the process of mourning, and a keen eye for some of the unsympathetic ways in which people can react to displays of grief. Although the prose is occasionally overcharged , that won't prevent readers from surrendering to the heartfelt and beguiling story. First serial to Good Housekeeping.
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