A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: October 23, 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
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From National Book Award finalist and the New York
Times bestselling author of The Year We Left Home
comes a moving family saga about three generations of
women who struggle to find freedom and happiness in their
small Midwestern college town.
A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a poignant novel
about three generations of the Wise familyâ€”Evelyn, Laura,
and Graceâ€”as they hunt for contentment amid chaos of their
Evelyn set aside her career to marry, late, and motherhood
never became her. Her daughter Laura felt this acutely and
wants desperately to marry, but she soon discovers her
husband Gabe to be a man who expects too much of everyone in
his life, especially his musician son. Grace has moved out
from Laura and Gabeâ€™s house, but canâ€™t seem to live up to
her potentialâ€”whatever that might be.
In A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl we see these women
and their trials, small and large: social slights and
heartbreaks; marital disappointments and infidelities;
familial dysfunction; mortality. Spanning from World War II
to the present, Thompson reveals a matrilineal love story
that is so perfectly grounded in our timeâ€”a story of three
women regressing, stalling, and yes, evolving, over decades.
One of the burning questions she asks is: by serving her
family, is a woman destined to repeat the mistakes of
previous generations, or can she transcend the expectations
of a place, and a time? Can she truly be free?
Evelyn, Laura, and Grace are the glue that binds their
family together. Tethered to their small Midwestern townâ€”by
choice or chanceâ€”Jean Thompson seamlessly weaves together
the stories of the Wise women with humanity and elegance,
through their heartbreaks, setbacks, triumphs, and tragedies.
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