The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal
A Novel

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But while appreciating its artistry, I can’t love this book. The detail is spot on, and yet it lacks a sense of the bigger picture, of the events in the wider world that might play, too, on the emotional landscape of the Fullers and the Aldens.
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“They've chosen the one thing that will make our family life impossible. It's genius really, when you think about it. It's the perfect sabotage.”
 
“Segal deftly unspools a disastrous but plausible scenario…This page-turner is witty, compassionate and wickedly astute.” --People

Julia Alden has fallen deeply, unexpectedly in love. American obstetrician James is everything she didn't know she wanted--if only her teenage daughter, Gwen, didn't hate him so much. Uniting two households is never easy, but when Gwen turns for comfort to James's seventeen-year-old son, Nathan, the consequences will test her mother's loyalty and threaten all their fragile new happiness.

This is a moving and powerful novel about the modern family: about starting over; about love, guilt, and generosity; about building something beautiful amid the mess and complexity of what came before. It is a story about standing by the ones we love, even while they make mistakes. We would give anything to make our children happy. But how much should they ask?
 

About Francesca Segal

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Francesca Segal was born in London in 1980. The daughter of a writer and an editor, she studied at Oxford and Harvard University before becoming a journalist and critic. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, FT Magazine, and The JC, amongst others. For three years she wrote the Debut Fiction Column in The Observer and has been a features writer at Tatler. She divides her time between London and New York.
 
Published May 16, 2017 by Riverhead Books. 363 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Hermione Hoby on Jun 02 2017

In this spry and accomplished comedy of manners, a set of six characters — teenage, middle-aged and elderly — muddle their way through love, discovering that its tribulations are awkward at every age.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Alice O'Keeffe on May 11 2017

But while appreciating its artistry, I can’t love this book. The detail is spot on, and yet it lacks a sense of the bigger picture, of the events in the wider world that might play, too, on the emotional landscape of the Fullers and the Aldens.

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