A sequel to the bestselling, much-beloved Wish You Were Here, Stewart O'Nan's intimate new novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. She dreams of visits by her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's days change. As she grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities.
Like most older women, Emily is a familiar yet invisible figure, one rarely portrayed so honestly. Her mingled feelings - of pride and regret, joy and sorrow - are gracefully rendered in wholly unexpected ways. Once again making the ordinary and overlooked not merely visible but vital to understanding our own lives, Emily, Alone confirms O'Nan as an American master.
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"O'Nan...does beautifully with women characters, and the older protagonist is a plus." - Library Journal
"Starred Review. ...O'Nan's depiction of [Emily's] attempts to sustain optimism and energy during the late stage of her life achieves a rare resonance." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. O'Nan again proves himself to be the king of detail." - Book List
"Rueful and autumnal, but very moving." - Kirkus Reviews
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Stewart O'Nan's award-winning fiction includes Snow Angels, The Speed Queen, A Prayer for the Dying, and Last Night at the Lobster. Granta named him one of Americas Best Young Novelists. He lives in Pittsburgh.
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