The Hole We're In by Gabrielle Zevin

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Gabrielle Zevin is an award-winning screenwriter and author whose novels for young adults, Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, have brought her great acclaim and a large and loyal following. With The Hole We're In--a bold, timeless, yet all too timely novel about a troubled American family trying to navigate an even more troubled America--Zevin delivers a work that places her firmly in the ranks of our shrewdest social observers and our top literary talents. Meet the Pomeroys: a church-going family of five living in a too-red house in a Texas college town. Roger, the patriarch, has impulsively decided to go back to school, only to find his future ambitions at odds with the temptations of the present. His wife, Georgia, is trying to keep things afloat on the home front, though she's been feeding the bill drawer with unopened envelopes for months and can never find the right moment to confront its scary, swelling contents. In an attempt to climb out of the holes they've dug, Roger and Georgia make a series of choices that will have catastrophic consequences for their three children--especially for Patsy, the youngest, who will spend most of her life fighting to overcome them. Though flawed and at times infuriating, Zevin's characters are so human and easy to relate to, it is difficult not to cheer them on as they fumble toward understanding each other, and in some cases, even themselves. In The Hole We're In, Gabrielle Zevin shines a spotlight on some of the most relevant issues of our day: over-reliance on credit, gender and class politics, and the war in Iraq. But it is her deft exploration of the fragile economy of family life--emotional, financial, and psychological--that makes this a book for the ages.

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Gabrielle Zevin is the author of Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, as well as two books for adults, Margarettown and The Hole We're In. Of her writing, The New York Times Book Review said, “Zevin’s touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities.” She lives in New York City.  
Published March 10, 2010 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gabrielle Zevin’s timely new novel is full of holes, beginning with its title, “The Hole We’re In.” The holes start small — in stockings, a nightgown, the backyard — but as they keep appearing, they grow deeper and harder to ignore.

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Publishers Weekly

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While Roger Pomeroy spins his middle-aged wheels in graduate school, his wife, George, supports the family mainly via an ever larger number of credit cards opened in her recent college grad son Vinnie’s name.

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George (Georgia) Pomeroy's husband Roger decides he will return to school for his graduate degree, since their son Vincent has graduated from college and daughter Helen is getting married, leaving only 10-year-old Patsy at home.

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But by the time the characters in Gabrielle Zevin’s The Hole We’re In start hearing the pop star’s breakout hit on the radio, the symbolism has become obvious.

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Entertainment Weekly

Roger, attempting to figure out how much they owe, finds "unopened bills in the bill drawer, in shopping bags in the garage, in shoeboxes in George's closet, in a plastic bin under the guest bathroom sink, everywhere, just everywhere."

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Yet somehow the novel feels generous: We identify with the Pomeroys' troubles while we gasp at their casual brutality and marvel at Patsy, who journeys from oppressive Bible schools to military service in Iraq and, finally, to becoming a more loving mother than her own could have dreamed of being.

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What kind of mother, facing a cash crunch, steals her son's identity and maxes out his credit card?

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