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FROM THE AUTHOR OF NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK MATRIMONY ("BEAUTIFUL... BRILLIANT--MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM)--a MOVING, MESMERIZING NEW NOVEL ABOUT LOVE, LOSS, AND THE AFTERMATH OF A FAMILY TRAGEDY.

It's July 4th, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending upon their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. But this is no ordinary holiday. The family has gathered to memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings, an intrepid journalist and adventurer who was killed on that date in 2004, while on assignment in Iraq. The parents, Marilyn and David, are adrift in grief. Their forty-year marriage is falling apart. Clarissa, the eldest sibling and a former cello prodigy, has settled into an ambivalent domesticity and is struggling at age thirty-nine to become pregnant. Lily, a fiery-tempered lawyer and the family contrarian, is angry at everyone. And Noelle, whose teenage years were shadowed by promiscuity and school expulsions, has moved to Jerusalem and become a born-again Orthodox Jew. The last person to see Leo alive, Noelle has flown back for the memorial with her husband and four children, but she feels entirely out of place. And Thisbe--Leo's widow and mother of their three-year-old son--has come from California bearing her own secret. Set against the backdrop of Independence Day and the Iraq War, The World Without You is a novel about sibling rivalries and marital feuds, about volatile women and silent men, and, ultimately, about the true meaning of family.

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  • Advance Praise for THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU

    May 3, 2012

    "Like a more bittersweet version of Jonathan Tropper’s THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU or a less chilly variation on Jonathan Franzen’s THE CORRECTIONS, Henkin tenderly explores family dynamics in this novel about the ties that bind, and even lacerate.... The author has created an empathetic cast of characters that the reader will love spending time with, even as they behave like fools and hurt one another. An intelligently written novel that works as a summer read and for any other time of the year."
    --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Rich, deep, funny, and wise, The World Without You is a sumptuous layer cake of a novel whose ordinary yet urgent dramas remind us that family is where it all begins. Henkin is a writer of voluminous heart, humanity, and talent."
    --Julia Glass, author of The Widower's Tale

    "An immeasurably moving masterpiece that tracks the intricate threads connecting children to parents, sisters to brothers, wives to husbands. To say I 'cared' about these characters would be to hugely understate their consuming effect on me."
    --Heidi Julavits, author of The Vanishers

    "Witty, poignant, and heartfelt. The 4th of July will never be the same for me, or for my fellow Americans. I can't imagine a world without Joshua Henkin."
    --Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

    "Marvelous on the solitudes that exist even within the strongest and most compassionate of families, and I love the relentlessness with which it reminds us that our politics will reach its wrecking ball into the lives of even those of us who are most comfortable."
    --Jim Shepard, author of You Think That's Bad

    “Henkin imbues The World Without You with wisdom, humor, and a clear sense of history. This book is a triumph and an important novel about America."
    --Yiyun Li, author of Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

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