The Old Romantic

A Novel

Louise Dean - Author

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ISBN 9781594485633 | 352 pages | 07 Feb 2012 | Riverhead | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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"A highly entertaining, vivid evocation of love and marriage" (The New York Times Book Review)

It's been decades since Nick cast off his divorced, contentious, embarrassingly working-class parents, leaving the role of ambassador to his brother Dave. But then Nick's father decides that the year of his death has arrived, kicking off an ill-conceived quest to reunite his family. Bringing to this tinderbox just the spark it needs, Louise Dean sends up the whole clan, each of them flawed and saved by hidden grace, and illuminates their clashes of generation, gender, class, and temperament in a riotuous and compassionate conflagration.

“A highly entertaining, vivid evocation of love and marriage… Dean’s characters have the rough edges and surprising grace of real people, and her fierce humanism animates every page.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Remarkably astute… Dean has perfect pitch [and] she sneaks in just enough grace to give her characters a chance to prove Thomas Wolfe wrong: As long as you don’t expect anyone to get out the good china, you can go home again.” –The Washington Post

“Glorious hell breaks loose in the devilish, dauntingly talented hands of this award-winning writer.” –Elle 

“Razor-sharp.” –Entertainment Weekly

“Brilliant… [Dean’s] insights are dazzling… Characters rake themselves through self-revelations, and the prose leaps with a fervor for the present moment.” –Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Vividly imagined and surprisingly funny… Call it sentimental if you like, but it’s also sweet and genuine and universally true.” –Associated Press

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