The Measures Between Us by Ethan Hauser

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Focusing the novel on the central story of the Paretos and the Wheelings would have allowed Hauser to write even more richly about the complex emotions and the questions families grapple with on suicide watch. Still, this is an impressive debut and a rich, character-driven drama that humanizes a difficult subject.
-Toronto Star

Synopsis

Jack is an intern for the university's flood study. Transcribing interviews with people who live along a threatened and threatening river, he listens to their answers to questions about environmental change and their emotional investment in the waterway.

Lately, Jack has questions for Cynthia. They've become close, reuniting years after high school, but now she's distancing herself again, sinking into depression. Her parents have noticed, too, calling on the only professional they know: Henry, a psychology professor who was once a student in her father's middle school shop class. Henry wants to help, but he is also dealing with a household in jeopardy: there's a stubborn wedge between him and his pregnant wife.

By turns sweeping and intimate, The Measures Between Us is about the shifting covenants we make with ourselves and with the ones we love, about the distances we keep and those we're bent on erasing.
 

About Ethan Hauser

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Ethan Hauser received his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His fiction has been published in Esquire, Playboy, New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, and elsewhere. He has held residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and has won the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Short Story Award. Hauser lives in New York and is an editor at the New York Times, where his journalism also appears.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA. 401 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 15 2013

Cynthia’s battle with depression provides the multithreaded narrative’s most heart-wrenching scenes, while a torrential rainstorm provides a dramatic backdrop for the various storylines to play out.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Aug 23 2013

Focusing the novel on the central story of the Paretos and the Wheelings would have allowed Hauser to write even more richly about the complex emotions and the questions families grapple with on suicide watch. Still, this is an impressive debut and a rich, character-driven drama that humanizes a difficult subject.

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