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The great wide open / Douglas Kennedy.

By: Kennedy, Douglas, 1955-.
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2019Description: 584 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781786331694.Subject(s): Women editors -- New York (State) -- Fiction | Self-actualization (Psychology) in women -- Fiction | Nineteen eighties -- Fiction | Dysfunctional families -- Fiction | Coming of age -- Fiction | New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- FictionDDC classification: Summary: It is 1980s New York. Heady, excessive times. Alice Burns, a young book editor, is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life. The observations resonates, perhaps because she has just watched her own family implode. As she reads she wonders: when did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice? Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school bullying, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970's Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the U.S. embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan. But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers; how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others.
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It is 1980s New York. Heady, excessive times. Alice Burns, a young book editor, is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life. The observations resonates, perhaps because she has just watched her own family implode. As she reads she wonders: when did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice? Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school bullying, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970's Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the U.S. embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan. But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers; how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others.

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