Each in the pair of novels Wish You Were Here and Emily Alone by Stuart O'Nan is perfect on its own, and together they are magic. In Wish, Emily Maxwell spends a strained week with her adult children, grandchildren, sister-in-law, and her arthritic dog, Rufus, in a summer lake cabin while it pours rain. The foundations of the intricate relationships established in this first novel are built upon in Emily Alone, a perfect novel to read this time of year with its autumnal beginning. When Emily's sister-in-law and default chauffeur has a strange neurological episode at the Eat 'n Park in downtown Pittsburgh, Emily realizes it's time to conquer her fear and take her car and her life out of mothballs. She re-hones her driving skills, expands her social life, and pushes aside the narrowing confines of her life. The result is an often hilarious and beautiful portrait of an older woman. Highly recommended by Kelly.
A bittersweet tale of love and longing from the bestselling author of Last Night at the Lobster.
O'Nan's newest novel, City of Secrets, is now available from Viking.