You by Joanna Briscoe
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Dora Bannan hopes for a new life when she moves her husband and their three children to the wild moorland. She finds a job teaching music at a progressive school, where she also enrolls the children-their fellow students the progeny of back-to-the-land bohemians. But when the school's elegant art teacher, Elisabeth Dahl, offers Dora a seductive alternative to her traditional domestic life, Dora finds that real change is far from easy. Meanwhile, her precocious only daughter, Cecilia, longs for a more traditional life, especially the formal education her new school can't offer. The girl becomes obsessed with her English teacher, James Dahl-an errant representative of the establishment she craves, and husband of the dangerous Elisabeth.
Twenty years later, the adult Cecilia brings her partner and daughters back home to the moors and her aging mother. Moving between past and present, You slowly reveals how far Dora and Cecilia let their private, impossible desires lead them-and how much further the consequences extend. Sensual, unnerving, and gripping, You is a novel about the lives we think we want, the choices we can't unmake, and the loves and losses we never forget.
 

About Joanna Briscoe

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Joanna Briscoe is the author of Mothers and Other Lovers, winner of the Betty Trask Award; Skin; and Sleep with Me, her widely praised US debut. Sleep with Me was published in eleven countries and adapted for British television by screenwriter Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones's Diary, BBC's Pride and Prejudice). Briscoe lives with her family in London, where she has written for all the major newspapers and magazines, and has been a columnist for the Guardian and the Independent. She is currently a literary critic for the Guardian.
 
Published August 9, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA. 369 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Columbus Dispatch

Murder and mayhem are found in the latest Pete Hamill novel, Tabloid City, but the real victim in his book is the print journalism that Hamill knows and loves so much.

May 31 2011 | Read Full Review of You: A Novel

Blogger News Network

Beyond occasionally sharing the same gender as another, these characters come from all walks in life with vastly different ages and life experiences resulting in vastly different ways of seeing the surrounding world.

Jul 10 2011 | Read Full Review of You: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

A journalist for more than half a century--and the only person to hold the top position at both the New York Post and the Daily News--Pete Hamill pays homage to print journalism in his 10th novel, Tabloid City.

May 10 2011 | Read Full Review of You: A Novel

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