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A powerful literary debut chronicling a year in the life of one thoroughly modern familyClare Verey, a twenty-nine-year-old mother of three, bakes her own bread and grinds her own spices. She has a comfortable home in the suburbs and a devoted husband. Why is it, then, that when her best friend's lover appears in her life he has the power to invert her world? Why is the desire for more never satisfied?So begins "Accidents in the Home," a novel that exposes the emotional underbelly of a modern-day family. Clare's narrative is deftly intertwined with the stories of her extended family: her mother, Marian, the clever daughter of a Dostoevsky scholar whose husband leaves her for a beautiful young art student; Clare's half brother, Toby, a dreamy boy who prefers to view life through the lens of a camera; her troubled younger half sister, Tamsin, who develops an apparatus of taboos and rituals to restore order to her chaotic past. In the world Tessa Hadley has created, family is no longer a steady foundation but a complex web of marriages, divorces, half siblings, and stepchildren that expands with every new connection and betrayal."Accidents in the Home" offers a startling, intimate portrait of family life in our time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312421021
ISBN-10: 0312421028
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: St. Martins Press-3pl
Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Tessa Hadley

Tessa Hadley lives in Cardiff, Wales, and teaches literature at Bath Spa University College. "Accidents in the Home" is her first novel.

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