The History of Us

The History of Us

Book - 2013
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From the critically acclaimed author of The Myth of You and Me , The History of Us is a heartrending story of love, loss, family, and the life you make in the path not taken.

Sometimes home is the hardest place to go

Eloise Hempel is on her way to teach her first class at Harvard when she receives the devastating news that her sister and her husband have been killed in a tragic accident. Eloise leaves her life in Cambridge and moves back into her family's century-old house in Cincinnati, pouring her own money into the house's upkeep and her heart into raising her sister's three children, Theodora, Josh, and Claire.

Nearly twenty years later, the now-grown children seem ready to leave home, and Eloise plans to sell the house and finally start a life that's hers alone. But when Eloise's mother decides that they should all compete for the chance to keep the house and Claire reveals a life-changing secret, the makeshift family begins to fall apart and ultimately must decide what in life is worth fighting for.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451672626
Branch Call Number: F Stew
Characteristics: 367 p. : map ; 22 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2013

Seventeen years ago, 28-year-old Eloise Hempel left a promising career at Harvard to move to Cincinnati to raise her sister's three kids after the deaths of their parents. Now that they're adults, Eloise feels that it's her chance to sell the house they were raised in and reclaim the life she gave up. But it's not going to be that easy. The grown kids, especially the eldest, 28-year-old Theodora, want to keep the house (despite the fact that none of them can pay the bills), and Eloise's trouble-making mother (who long ago fled south) refuses to sign the house over for Eloise to sell. An observant story of family dynamics and the trials of reaching adulthood, The History of Us will appeal to fans of domestic fiction.

Fiction A to Z newsletter February 2013.


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