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From the internationally bestselling author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, comes a heartfelt coming-of-age story.

Mary Frances “Frankie” Lombard is fiercely in love with her family’s sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie’s roots.

As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is the book Jane Hamilton was born to write…The Excellent Lombards is, in fact, excellent.”

    Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author

  • Hamilton's lovely coming-of-age tale is a tender portrayal of complex, believable people facing up to change. People
  • Jane Hamilton spins this coming-of-age tale with the same sort of poignancy that earned her previous six novels high praise. Entertainment Weekly, "10 Books You Have to Read in April"
  • Tender, astute...[Frankie is] expertly rendered...an inquisitive, imperious but loveable girl akin to Harper Lee's Jean Louise Finch. New York Times Book Review
  • Hamilton gets it, all of it, about life and love and growing up when you just don’t want to.

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  • Funny and heartbreaking, colored with a palpable wistfulness…A moving elegy for an idyllic way of life…and children grow up and away from rural pleasures.

    Miami Herald
  • Richly characterized, beautifully written, and heartbreakingly poignant.

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “ [A] lushly pleasurable novel of radiant comedy, deep emotions, and resonant realizations considers the wonders of nature, the boon and burden of inheritance, and the blossoming of the self.”

    Booklist (starred review)
  • “Narrator Erin Cottrell captures the emotional range of eleven-year-old Mary Francis ‘Frankie’ Lombard…[and] lets us hear Frankie’s frustration and worry as she senses that her dream of running the farm forever with her brother is in jeopardy.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for April 2016
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