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The Great Wide Open

The Great Wide Open

After years spent chasing the affections of the people who are supposed to love her unconditionally, Alice is beginning to realise that, though you can't choose your family, you can choose your future, and Alice sees her future far away from her dysfunctional family and the doldr... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780091953737
Barcode 9780091953737
Published 5 February 2019 by Cornerstone
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Kennedy, Douglas
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ISBN-13 9780091953737
ISBN-10 0091953731
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Hutchinson
Publication Date 5 February 2019
International Publication Date 24 January 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kennedy, Douglas
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 592
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 42mm
Weight 708g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress FICTION / Family Life / General
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 906412

Description of this Book

All families are secret societies. Realms of intrigue and internal warfare, governed by their own rules, regulations, boundaries, frontiers. Rules which often make no sense to those outside its borders. It's autumn in New York and Alice Burns, a young ambitious editor is reading a manuscript. The writer's words hit close to home to conjure ghosts from her past, memories of her childhood, and thoughts of her brother who is serving time in a prison cell. It's 1961. The Burns family is celebrating yet another disastrous Thanksgiving and a 17 year-old Alice can't take it anymore. After years spent chasing the affections of the people who are supposed to love her unconditionally, Alice is beginning to realise that, though you can't choose your family, you can choose your future, and Alice sees her future far away from her dysfunctional family and the doldrums of small-town life. As she embarks on a journey that will take her through college, heartbreak, and self-discovery, Alice must learn to stand on her own two feet in the great wide open... But no matter how much distance she covers, the past is never far behind. And after years of running, Alice must stand and face the truth. Because sometimes, to move forward, we have to go back...

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Has a strangely mesmerising effect . . . absolutely excellent * New Statesman *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Douglas Kennedy's previous twelve novels include the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship and The Moment. He is also the author of three highly-praised travel books. The Big Picture was filmed with Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve; The Woman in the Fifth with Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas. His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. In 2007 he was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2009 the inaugural Grand Prix de Figaro. Born in Manhattan in 1955, he has two children and currently divides his time between London, Paris, Berlin, Maine and New York.

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