Moss Family #1
On Sale: August 1, 2008
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Women's Fiction Contemporary
In a summer cottage on the coast of Maine, an unlikely love was
nurtured, a marriage endured, and a family survived. Now it
is time for
the children of that marriage to make peace with the wounds
treasures left to them. And to sort out which is which.
Beth Gutcheon's critically acclaimed family saga, Leeway
Cottage, was a major achievement: a vivid and moving
tale of war and marriage and their consequences that
enchanted readers. Good-bye and Amen
is the next chapter for the family of Leeway Cottage, the
story of what
happens when those most powerful people in any family drama, the
parents, have left the stage.
The complicated marriage of the gifted Danish pianist
Laurus Moss to
the provincial American child of privilege Sydney Brant was
to many who knew them, including their three children. Now,
Monica, and Jimmy Moss have to decide how to divide or share
Laurus and Sydney have left them without losing one another.
Secure and cheerful Eleanor, the oldest, wants little for
much for her children. Monica, the least-loved middle child,
youthful scars to the table, as well as the baggage of a
marriage to the charismatic Norman, who left a brilliant
though not his ambition, to become an Episcopal priest.
best-loved Jimmy, who made a train wreck of his young
returned after a long period of alienation from the family
intact, but extremely hard for his sisters to read.
Having lived through childhoods both materially blessed and
emotionally difficult, with a father who could seem
uninvolved and a
mother who loved a good family game of â€ślet's you and him
Mosses have formed strong adult bonds that none of them wants to
damage. But it's difficult to divide a beloved summer house
and keep it too. They all know what's at stakeâ€”in a world of
families, a house like Leeway Cottage can be the glue that keeps
generations of cousins and grandchildren deeply connected to one
another. But knowing it's important doesn't make it easy.
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