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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stewart O’Nan Narrator: Andrea Gallo Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A sequel to the best-selling, much-beloved Wish You Were Here, Stewart O'Nan's intimate new novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. She dreams of vists by her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's days change. As she grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities. Like most older women, Emily is a familiar yet invisible figure, one rarely portrayed so honestly. Her mingled feelings-of pride and regret, joy and sorrow- are gracefully rendered in wholly unexpected ways.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Holly | 2/9/2014

    " What I'm most blown away from Stewart O'nan in this follow-up to "Wish You Were Here" is his obvious love and care of his characters. Love not as in an oblique adoration but love that is active, encompassing, and whole in it's view and devotion. If you need plot in your books steer clear of this as it is a snapshot and chronicle of a life where very little happens. Exactly the kind of life that most of us live but that is very rarely examined or given a voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandy | 1/23/2014

    " A reflection on life through the eyes of a 70ish widow. She tries to make sense of life and death and the process of aging and what really matters most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lee | 1/13/2014

    " Nice Pittsburgh connection. I wonder if I will become Emily-like as I approach old-er age! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeannie Turicik | 1/9/2014

    " I immediately purchased this book after reading "Wish You Were Here". It's about a regular American family--grown children now in their 40's, early 50's, Dad passed away in the first book "Wish You Were Here", and now it's about, oh I think about 7 or so years later. The lake cabin is sold but the family still manages to meet there every summer at a rental--although it doesn't sound like they all make it. Grandchildren are now grown and in college, one Granddaughter is gay, one can't seem to quite cut it in the work world or school. Emily's daughter has battled alcohol and exchanged that for Pot, she doesn't get along with her daughter in law who is snotty to her--and her son has no backbone to stand up to his wife. The kids haven't both shown up for Christmas at the same time in a couple of years. Her only companion is her dog and her sister in law--her husband's sister who never married. Sound pretty normal? It's a tale of growing old, not a bad tale; all in all, I think it's pretty realistic--not overly sad and not overly happy. Emily remains independent, in fact she buys a new car--she begins to drive again--she hangs onto life every day--not in physical sense, but in a mental-keep engaged sense. If you are in your mid years with aging parents-you might want to read this to gain a little understanding--I recommend starting with the first book, you'll move right into Emily Alone. Great book, I really enjoyed this. "

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