Pretend We Are Lovely

Pretend We Are Lovely

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WW Norton
"Like the best love songs, Noley Reid's novel is sad but hopeful, raw but tender, shocking but, ultimately, deeply comforting." —Julia Fierro, author of The Gypsy Moth Summer
It’s the summer of 1982 in Blacksburg, Virginia—seven years after the suspicious death of a son and sibling—and the Sobel family is hungry. Francie dresses in tennis skirts and ankle socks and weighs her grams of allotted carrots and iceberg lettuce. Her semi-estranged husband Tate prefers a packed fridge and hidden doughnuts. Daughters Enid, ten, and Vivvy, almost thirteen, are subtler versions of their parents, measuring their summer vacation by meals had or meals skipped. But at summer’s end, secrets both old and new emerge and Francie disappears, leaving the family teetering on the brink. Told from alternating points of view by the four living Sobels, Pretend We Are Lovely is a sharp and darkly funny story of forgiveness, family secrets, and the losses we inherit. At its core is the ever-complicated and deeply-devoted bond of sisterhood as the girls, left mostly to their own devices, must navigate their way through middle school, find comfort in each other, and learn the difference between food and nourishment.

Baker & Taylor
Told from the points of view of different family members, the Sobels of 1982 Blacksburg, Virginia, deal with the loss of their son and sibling under suspicious circumstances by becoming obsessed with food, and each learns a lesson about nourishing the body and soul.

& Taylor

Seven years after the death of a son, the Sobel family deals with their tragedy and family secrets by an obssession with food, but when the anorexic mother, Francie, disappears, each member of the family is foced to face the truth about the past.

Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781941040669
Characteristics: 300 pages


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