The History of Us by Leah Stewart
A Novel

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From the critically acclaimed author of The Myth of You and Me, The History of Us is a heartrending story of love, loss, family, and the life you make in the path not taken.

Sometimes home is the hardest place to go

Eloise Hempel is on her way to teach her first class at Harvard when she receives the devastating news that her sister and her husband have been killed in a tragic accident. Eloise leaves her life in Cambridge and moves back into her family’s century-old house in Cincinnati, pouring her own money into the house’s upkeep and her heart into raising her sister’s three children, Theodora, Josh, and Claire.

Nearly twenty years later, the now-grown children seem ready to leave home, and Eloise plans to sell the house and finally start a life that’s hers alone. But when Eloise’s mother decides that they should all compete for the chance to keep the house and Claire reveals a life-changing secret, the makeshift family begins to fall apart and ultimately must decide what in life is worth fighting for.

About Leah Stewart

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Leah Stewart is the author of the novels Husband and Wife, The Myth of You and Me, and Body of a Girl. The recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, she teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two children. Visit
Published January 8, 2013 by Touchstone. 401 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Stewart’s new novel (after The Myth of You and Me), Eloise Hempel, at 45, is a history professor whose rising career is derailed when her sister dies, leaving her custody of her sister’s three children.

Oct 15 2012 | Read Full Review of The History of Us: A Novel

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A compelling, touching, complex novel about the nature of family,

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In acclaimed author Leah Stewart's latest novel, published Jan. 8, 2013, "The History of Us," three siblings return to the home they're not ready to part with, even if their Aunt Eloise is ready to move on.

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Book Reporter

Leah Stewart seems to love her characters even when they are not especially lovable, and gives them space and time enough to grow and change.

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Dallas News

Ballet prodigy Claire, 19, the only one to achieve escape velocity from Cincinnati, has left for NYC — until, by chance, Theo spots her on the street, Cincinnati being not all that big a town.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Stewart’s Cincinnati — a place where the residents “make a virtue of grittiness, take pride in not living in some cleaner, wealthier, wussier city” — is not unlike Anne Tyler’s Baltimore.

Jan 27 2013 | Read Full Review of The History of Us: A Novel

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