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The Great Wide Open

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Author: Kennedy, Douglas
ISBN: 9780099585213
Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE UK
Year First Published: 2019
Pages: 592
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm x 35mm
Format: Paperback / softback

‘Accomplished…a strangely mesmerising effect…absolutely excellent’
New Statesman

New York, 1980s

Alice Burns – a young book editor – is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life. The observations within resonate, perhaps, because she has just watched her own family implode.

As she reads she wonders- When did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice?

Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970s Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the US embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan.

But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers – how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others.

The Great Wide Open is an immensely ambitious and compulsive saga; a novel which will speak volumes to anyone who has marvelled at that pain that can only be caused by family itself.