The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton

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In the end, Frankie grows in spite of the novel imitating life with a number of unresolved questions. Those lingering questions may translate to an unsatisfying ending for readers who prefer loose ends tied up.
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From the internationally bestselling author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, a heartfelt coming-of-age story that Karen Joy Fowler calls "a timeless classic...a book you will read and reread."

Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard is fiercely in love with her family's sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie's roots. As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go.
 

About Jane Hamilton

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Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Rochester, Wisconsin. Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, won the PENErnest Hemingway Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her second novel, A Map of the World, was also a selection of the Oprah Book Club and an international bestseller. Her most recent novel, The Short History of a Prince, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998.
 
Published April 19, 2016 by Grand Central Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jan 20 2016

Richly characterized, beautifully written, and heartbreakingly poignant—another winner from this talented and popular author.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Carol Fragale Brill on Jun 23 2016

In the end, Frankie grows in spite of the novel imitating life with a number of unresolved questions. Those lingering questions may translate to an unsatisfying ending for readers who prefer loose ends tied up.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Katherine Powers on Apr 19 2016

This is a very fine novel: Its people, their individual predicaments and their relationships with one another and with the land stay with the reader long after that last page has been turned.

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