On Sale: February 19, 2019
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The New York Times bestselling author of The
House Girl explores the lives of four siblings in this
ambitious and absorbing novel in the vein of
Commonwealth and The
"It is the strength and fragility of the siblings' bond, the
evolving nature of love that is at the core of Conklin's
novel....Gracefully rendered, The Last Romantics
focuses on the familiar theme of family with great
originality." -- Washington Post
When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the
inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem,
she tells her audience a story about her family and a
betrayal that reverberates through time.
It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron
poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a
free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town.
Caught between the predictable life they once led and an
uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner
siblingsâ€”fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe
and watchful Fionaâ€”emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and
deeply connected. Two decades later, the siblings find
themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that
tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to
question the life choices they've made and ask what,
exactly, they will do for love.
A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family,
The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration
of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we
embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can loseâ€”and
sometimes rescueâ€”the ones we love. A novel that pierces the
heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful
meditation on the power of storiesâ€”how they navigate us
through difficult times, help us understand the past, and
point the way toward our future.
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