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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409039365
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Object Lessons

'Highly entertaining' Anne Tyler

In New York's Westchester County in the 60's lives a community of Irish Catholics. OBJECT LESSONS centres around the Scanlan family, at the head of which manufacturing giant John Scanlan uses his wealth to control his grown-up children. One of his sons, Tommy Scanlan, is enough of a renegade to marry an Italian girl and we see the difficulties of a mixed marriage and how each perceives it, but it is their daughter Maggie who gives us a clear window into the Scanlans with the sharp and passionate vision of a child on the verge of adulthood. Piecing together bits of gossip, deciphering clues, straddling two cultures, she observes the powerplay operating behind the scenes of family life; and after the long hot summer of her thirteenth year she decides what SHE will do with HER own life.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409039365
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, non-fiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of six novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, and Every Last One. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.

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Praise for Object Lessons

“An intelligent, highly entertaining novel laced with acute perceptions about the nature of day-to-day family life”

Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review

“Quindlen is at her best writing about the dislocations of growing up, the blows a child does not see coming”


“The characters are quirky and vividly drawn ... The writing is lovely, and shows humour and quiet insight ... Quindlen is an intelligent and imaginative writer”

Boston Globe

“Elaborate and playful... Honest and deeply felt... the sharp eye for details of class and manners, the ardent reading of domestic lives.”

New York Times

“Anna Quindlen's first novel is about an experience that is the same for everyone and different for us all: the time when we suddenly see our family with an outsider's eye and begin the separation that marks our growing up.”

Washington Post

“A charming compassionate little masterpiece - a story so compelling that one wishes at the end that it hadn't stopped.... a brilliant novel, a story that makes one eagerly wait for Anna Quindlen's next novel.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

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