Imagine Me Gone
TOP 10 NOVELS OF THE YEAR -- TIME, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC, Newsday
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"Haslett is one of the country's most talented writers, equipped with a sixth sense for characterization" --Wall Street Journal
"Ambitious and stirring . . . With Imagine Me Gone, Haslett has reached another level." --New York Times Book Review
From a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, a ferociously intimate story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go to save the people we love the most?
When Margaret's fianc?, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic who makes sense of the world through parody. Over the span of decades, his younger siblings -- the savvy and responsible Celia and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec -- struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled and precarious existence.
Told in alternating points of view by all five members of the family, this searing, gut-wrenching, and yet frequently hilarious novel brings alive with remarkable depth and poignancy the love of a mother for her children, the often inescapable devotion siblings feel toward one another, and the legacy of a father's pain in the life of a family.
With his striking emotional precision and lively, inventive language, Adam Haslett has given us something rare: a novel with the power to change how we see the most important people in our lives.
Publisher's description. How much can any of us do to save those we love from themselves? What does the dark legacy of guilt do to a person, to a relationship, to a family? Achingly poignant and sharply witty, this portrait of a single tragedy rippling across many lives has all the makings of an American classic. Penguin Beautiful, elegant, harrowing... This is a book that makes you eager, once more, for the complications of the world -- Colum McCann This beautiful, tragic novel will haunt you for the rest of your life... Michael is simply one of the finest characters I've ever come across... An extraordinary work of art -- Paul Harding Marvellously lucid and intelligent... [a] novel about family, love, and a despair that proves unbearable -- Joy Williams
Adam Haslett is the author of the short-story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here,and the novel Union Atlantic, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. He has been shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and the US National Book Award and is a New York Times bestselling author. His books have been translated into eighteen languages and his writing has appeared in many publications including the New Yorker and the Financial Times. Adam Haslett lives in New York.