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Coming of age can happen at the strangest times: the surprising story of a man, his marriage, and his search for meaning.

Anders Hill—nearing his early 60s and seemingly ensconced in the “land of steady habits,” a nickname for the affluent, morally strict hamlets of Connecticut that dot the commuter rail line—abandons his career and family for a new condo, and a new life. Stripped of the comforts of his previous identity, he turns up at a holiday party full of his ex-wife’s friends and is surprised to find that the very world he rejected may be one he needs.

Thus Anders embarks on a clumsy, hilarious, and heartbreaking journey to reconcile his past with his present. Like the early work of John Updike, Ted Thompson’s debut finely observes a man deep in conflict with his community. With compassion for its characters and fresh insight into the American tradition of the “suburban narrative,” The Land of Steady Habits introduces an auspicious talent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ted Thompson’s elegiac yet bighearted take on adult disillusionment earns its comparisons to suburban bards such as Updike and Cheever.”

    Wall Street Journal Magazine

  • “Masterful...The opening paragraph in a novel is like the first shot in a movie: a good one tells you everything. And Ted Thompson’s stunning debut cranes right into the thick of it.”

    Town & Country

  • “Filled with heartache and humor, this assured, compassionate first novel channels the suburban angst of Updike and Cheever, updating the narrative of midlife dissatisfaction with a scathing dissection of America’s imploding economy…with pitch-perfect prose and endearingly melancholy characters, Thompson offers up a heartbreaking vision of an ailing family and country.”

    Booklist, starred review

  • “With impeccable prose, dry wit, and uncommon wisdom, Ted Thompson brings to life one family's painful disappointments and powerful resilience. The Land of Steady Habits combines Austen’s shrewd mastery of domestic economics with Updike’s compassion for the melancholy commuter to make something elegant, fresh, and brilliant.”

    Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements

  • “Fearless and tremendously moving , The Land of Steady Habits tells a story we need to hear and announces the arrival of a voice we should all welcome.”

    Charles D'Ambrosio, author of The Point and The Dead Fish Museum

  • “It would probably never occur to New England white people that they are an ethnicity, but this sharp and funny saga of a Connecticut family unraveling is a detailed natural history of upper crust suburbanites and how they live (and drink). The reader learns not to take good fortune and loved ones for granted—and also that a liquor store owner in Westport will never starve.”

    Sarah Vowell, author of Unfamiliar Fishes and Assassination Vacation

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, March 2014
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
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About the Author

Ted Thompson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship. His work has appeared in Tin House and Best New American Voices, among other publications. He was born in Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn with his wife.