Imagine Me Gone
More About Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
- ISBN-13: 9780316261333
- ISBN-10: 0316261335
- Publisher: Back Bay Books
- Publish Date: February 2017
- Page Count: 368
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Book clubs: A father's tragic legacy
Named one of the top novels of 2016 by Time and Newsday, Adam Haslett’s Imagine Me Gone traces the influence of one man’s mental illness on the members of his family. In London, during the 1960s, Margaret is set to marry John when she learns of his chronic depression. Should she follow through with the wedding or call it off? Her decision to wed John is, in the end, a fateful one—a choice that has repercussions for the three children they raise together. Michael, their eldest, is a music lover with a delicate spirit; Celia, their resourceful daughter, is a social worker; and Alec, their determined, principled younger son, is a journalist. Over the years, as depression hounds both John and Michael, the clan struggles to stay together. Narrated by all five family members, Haslett’s novel is a searing portrait of a household founded on love but haunted by illness. Luminous prose, authentic characterizations and compassionate treatment of sensitive subject matter make this an absorbing family chronicle.
A YEAR ON THE BRINK
Nominated for the Man Booker Prize, Sunjeev Sahota’s haunting novel The Year of the Runaways follows four young immigrants as they make their way from India to England. Raised as an “untouchable,” Tochi arrives in England anticipating a better life, only to experience prejudice. Avtar, his housemate, sells a kidney to get out of India and dreams of earning a decent living. His girlfriend, Lakhpreet, has high hopes for their future. Her brother, Randeep, sets up a marriage with a British woman named Narinder in order to stay in England. Randeep finds himself falling for Narinder, but she keeps him at arm’s length. The novel chronicles a memorable year in their lives—a time when they struggle to adapt to new customs and make ends meet. Sahota is a writer of great emotional acuity who makes the reader care about his characters. He offers a nuanced account of the immigrant experience, capturing the anxiety, doubt and loneliness that come with assimilation.
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