The Inseparables by Stuart Nadler
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All of these individuals have less than perfect lives, but they’re all striving to find contentment even if it kills them...Highly recommended.
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One of Kirkus' Best Books of 2016

Crisis is looming for three generations of the Olyphant family.

In less than a year, Henrietta has lost her husband and nearly all of her money, and is about to lose her hard-won anonymity. After a lifetime spent trying to outrun the humiliation her own book caused her, Henrietta has reluctantly agreed to a reissue of The Inseparables, the salaciously filthy and critically despised bestseller she wrote decades earlier.

At the same time, her daughter, Oona, has moved back home to the house that Henrietta needs to sell. Oona is in the middle of a divorce from her husband, Spencer, a corporate-law refugee, stay-at-home dad, and unapologetic stoner. And Oona's teenage daughter, Lydia, away at boarding school, is facing an onslaught of scrutiny and shame when a nude photo of her goes viral.

The trouble only gets worse: Henrietta makes an upsetting discovery about her late husband; Oona embarks on a disastrous affair; and Lydia must deal with an ex-boyfriend who is determined to wreak havoc. Over the course of a few tumultuous days, the Olyphant women must come to terms with their past and try to reimagine their future.

Incisive, moving, and wickedly funny, The Inseparables examines what happens when our most carefully constructed ideas about our lives unravel, and we begin to reinvent ourselves--and our family--anew.

 

About Stuart Nadler

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Stuart Nadler is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Recently, he was the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic. He is the author of the story collection The Book of Life.
 
Published July 19, 2016 by Little, Brown and Company. 353 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 04 2016

The resolutions of all the problems are a little flat, if unarguably realistic. But these things are more something for book groups to talk about than serious flaws. Love this writer. Love these characters.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Ann Leary on Aug 05 2016

One can’t help drawing a parallel to ­Nadler’s writing as well: carefully ­rendered, unpretentious and always with the reader’s satisfaction on the front burner.

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Good
Reviewed by Joseph Arellano on Jul 16 2016

All of these individuals have less than perfect lives, but they’re all striving to find contentment even if it kills them...Highly recommended.

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