On Sale: October 17, 2017
Featuring: Emma; Andrew
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Contemporary | Humor | Holiday
A warm, wry, sharply observed debut novel about what
happens when a family is forced to spend a week together in
quarantine over the holidays...
Itâ€™s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire
Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrewâ€™s
elder daughterâ€”who is usually off saving the worldâ€”will be
joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate.
But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has
to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad,
sheâ€™s been told she must stay in quarantine for a weekâ€¦and
so too should her family.
For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut
off from the rest of humanityâ€”and even decent Wi-Fiâ€”and
forced into each otherâ€™s orbits. Younger, unabashedly
frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming
wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being
immersed in first-world problems.
As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing
restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war
correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole
family upside down.
In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and
as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing
is more shocking than the unexpected guest whoâ€™s about to
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