You Are the Love of My Life by Susan Richards Shreve
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“Spare, elegant and absolutely riveting. . . . Cancel those dinner plans—you’ll want to keep reading.”—Joanna Powell, People


It is 1973 and Watergate is on everyone’s lips. Lucy Painter is a children's book illustrator and a single mother of two. She leaves New York and the married father of her children to live in a tightly knit Washington neighborhood in the house where she grew up and where she discovered her father’s suicide. Lucy hopes for a fresh start, but her life is full of secrets: her children know nothing of her father’s death or the identity of their own father. As the new neighbors enter their insular lives, her family’s safety and stability become threatened.



From a writer whose “unique presentation of human experience makes reading a delight” (Elizabeth Strout), You Are the Love of My Life is a story of how shame leads to secrets, secrets to lies, and how lies stand in the way of human connection.
 

About Susan Richards Shreve

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Susan Richards Shreve is the author of twelve novels and a number of books for children. She is a professor at George Mason University and the president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives in Washington, D. C.
 
Published August 20, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 305 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A conspiracy of silence, matched by the Watergate-hearings background, enfolds Shreve’s (Warm Springs, 2007, etc.) readable family drama that opens with 12-year-old Lucy Baldwin discovering her father’s suicide.

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Publishers Weekly

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In 1973, Lucy and her kids move from New York back to Lucy’s childhood home, where she struggles with intrusive neighbors, especially the headstrong Zee Mallory.

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Book Reporter

… a Sunday, just after noon … Lucy Baldwin’s mother turned left onto Wichita Avenue … her husband’s car … was parked in front of the house the [family] had purchased as an investment property.

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Never name a girl child Zelda. That's just asking for trouble because we know only one Zelda, and we all know what happened to her. And Zelda ("Zee") Mallory, the center of the novel if not its narrator-protagonist, is one mixed-up lady, although it takes a long time for that to become clear.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

We move from this scene to Chapter One, the first sentence of which reminded me of Jane Austen’s writing, for its sharp economy and detail: “The afternoon in February when Lucy Painter was moving from New York City to the house in Washington where her father had died threatened violent storms.” I...

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Washingtonian

Set in a 1973 Washington neighborhood amid the fallout from Watergate, the story follows Lucy Painter, a children’s-book illustrator and single mom from New York whose father committed suicide when she was a child.

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