The Awkward Age

The Awkward Age

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"A wry, tender novel about an ordinary family facing extraordinary choices. Julia Alden has fallen deeply, unexpectedly in love. American obstetrician James is everything she didn't know she wanted--if only her teenage daughter, Gwen, didn't hate him so much. Uniting two households is never easy, but when Gwen turns for comfort to James's seventeen-year-old son, Nathan, the consequences will test her mother's loyalty and threaten all their fragile new happiness. This is a moving and powerful novel about the modern family: about starting over; about love, guilt, and generosity; about building something beautiful amid the mess and complexity of what came before. It is a story about standing by the ones we love, even while they make mistakes. We would give anything to make our children happy. But how much should they ask?"-- Provided by publisher.
Julia Alden has fallen deeply, unexpectedly in love. American obstetrician James is everything she didn't know she wanted--if only her teenage daughter, Gwen, didn't hate him so much. Uniting two households is never easy, but when Gwen turns for comfort to James's seventeen-year-old son, Nathan, the consequences will test her mother's loyalty and threaten all their fragile new happiness.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399576454
0399576452
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 24 cm

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brangwinn
Nov 29, 2017

The writing is great but the only character I liked was Julia’s father-in-law. But Segal’s writing kept me reading until the end, and that says a lot. If I can’t relate to characters in some way, I often stop reading. And yet a week after finishing the book I find myself hoping that despite all the problems, they all “ended up living happily ever after.”

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