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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel, a taut, emotionally wrenching story of how a seemingly “normal” family could become desperate enough to leave everything behind and move to a “family camp” in New Hampshire—a life-changing experience that alters them forever.

How far will a mother go to save her family? The Hammond family is living in DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly, is developing abnormally—a mix of off-the-charts genius and social incompetence. Once Tilly—whose condition is deemed undiagnosable—is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother Alexandra is out of ideas.

The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child behavior guru Scott Bean for a solution. But what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit. Told from the alternating perspectives of both Alexandra and her younger daughter Iris, this is a story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gorgeously written and patently original.”

    Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Ultimately reveals the healing power of love.”

    Kim Edwards, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An unusual chiller.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • "[A] provocative page-turner.”

    People

  • "[A] heartfelt novel.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Darkly funny and suspenseful, with a palpable sense of dread that propels readers toward anticipatory horror…[A] sensational exploration of what it means to be a family with a special needs child.

    USA Today

  • “A fascinating novel…It asks tough questions about what happens to people who don’t fit predetermined patterns, and what it means to be normal.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A moving and compassionate literary dive straight into the heart of a frantic parent…shatteringly immediate…touchingly real.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “In Parkhurst’s deft treatment, Harmony becomes a story of our time…Parkhurst cements herself as a writer capable of astonishing humanity and exquisite prose.”

    Washington Post

  • “[Parkhurst] excels at bringing Alexandra and Iris to life, her terrific prose matched by compassion and a sense of humor.”

    Miami Herald

  • “The principal storyteller is younger daughter Iris, performed by Abigail Revasch, whose rhythms and pitch sound authentically preteen….Cassandra Campbell’s silky voice matches Alex’s internal musings as she tries to understand how her family has fallen under Scott’s control. Both performances are tinged with unease and a slowly developing tension. Jorjeana Marie narrates from Tilly’s viewpoint, using exaggerated energy to dramatize the teen’s loosened hold on reality. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for the Best Books of August 2016 
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An O Magazine Pick of 10 Titles to Pick Up Now
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