In Between Days

In Between Days

eBook - 2012
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"Andrew Porter is a born storyteller . . . He makes his own space instantly and invites you in. Hats off!" --Barry Hannah

From a commanding new voice in fiction comes a novel as perceptive as it is generous: a portrait of an American family trying to cope in our world today, a story of choices and doubts and transgressions.

The Hardings are teetering on the brink. Elson--once one of Houston's most promising architects, who never quite lived up to expectations--is recently divorced from his wife of thirty years, Cadence. Their grown son, Richard, is still living at home: driving his mother's minivan, working at a local coffee shop, resisting the career as a writer that beckons him. But when Chloe Harding gets kicked out of her East Coast college, for reasons she can't explain to either her parents or her older brother, the Hardings' lives start to unravel. Chloe returns to Houston, but the dangers set in motion back at school prove inescapable. Told with piercing insight, taut psychological suspense, and the wisdom of a true master of character, this is a novel about the vagaries of love and family, about betrayal and forgiveness, about the possibility and impossibility of coming home.


This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307961075
0307961079
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (321 p.)

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mzch
Nov 21, 2014

This story didn't quite live up to its promotional copy. There's a facade of omniscience generated by narrating from each family member's point of view, but the net result is frustratingly limited rather than illuminating or suspenseful because none of the characters does more than react to circumstance. The most interesting characters turn out to be "secondary" entities who drive the action but receive no development. If not for the entertaining references to Houston, a city I love, I would have rated this two stars.

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bookwormjeph
Mar 10, 2013

an engrossing saga of a family slowly disintegrating and struggling to come to terms with the changes, all the while exploring how communication gets skewed when people are not honest and keep secrets out of a sense of misplaced loyalty or shame. Sounds bleak and depressing but it's not. It builds the tension really well to an ending that is not what one expects.

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