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On this Day (Signed First Edition)

Nathaniel Bellows

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ISBN 10: 0060512113 / ISBN 13: 9780060512118
Published by Harper Collins, 2003
New Condition: New Hardcover
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New York: Harper [2003]. SIGNED. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New/New. A pristine unread copy, without flaws. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Comes with mylar dust jacket protector. Smoke free. Shipped in well padded box. Bookseller Inventory # CASE5-141

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Title: On this Day (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition...

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Synopsis:

Warren is eighteen. His sister, Joan, is twenty. Their father has died of cancer, and their mother has committed suicide -- they're on their own, in a small coastal town in Maine, under desperate emotional circumstances, with the holidays approaching.

Their situation worsens as their father's partner ruthlessly strips them of financial interest in the plant nursery they had owned together and a ghoulish uncle and aunt try to exploit them. Things grow even more complicated as Warren becomes increasingly puzzled by his attraction to a beautiful young single mother who used to work for his father.

Told from Warren's point of view, On This Day is not only a moving story of two young people's struggle to make a place and a home for themselves, but a consideration of memory -- the necessity to face the secrets of a family's dark past in order to exorcise them.

Review:

Nathaniel Bellows's first novel, On This Day, follows a pair of orphans through a few painful months of grief. Warren and Joan are twentysomething siblings whose parents have recently died--their father had cancer and their mother committed suicide. Warren narrates this tale, which is built from small events: he fights with his best friend; he and his sister are besieged by their aunt and uncle with addled kindness; he talks with his boss at the library about maybe going to college. What's surprising is the lightness and cleanliness with which Bellows delivers this sad story. Joan and Warren are well-defined and believable--their dialogue, especially, is deftly written and darkly funny. Bellows beautifully captures the subterranean currents of humor and hatred that inform sibling conversation. In the end, the novel takes on an almost metaphorical size. Making Joan and Warren orphans gives them greater definition as siblings: they are no longer a daughter and son; they are only a sister and brother. This promising first novel limns that relationship with grace. --Claire Dederer

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