The Sixteenth of June

The Sixteenth of June

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A finely observed debut novel that paints a funny, moving, truthful portrayal of a family at a turning point: a€œA triumpha€ (Helen Schulman, New York Times bestselling author of This Beautiful Life). Leopold Portman dreams of settling down in Philadelphiaa€™s bucolic suburbs and starting a family with his fiancAce, Nora. A talented singer in mourning for her mother, Nora has abandoned a promising opera career and wonders what her destiny holds. Her best friend, Stephen, Leopolda€™s brother, dithers in his seventh year of graduate school and privately questions Leo and Noraa€™s relationship. On June 16, 2004, the three are brought togethera€”first for a funeral, then for the Portmansa€™ annual Bloomsday party. As the long-simmering tensions between them rise, they must confront their pasts and their hopes for the future. Clever, lyrical, and poignant, The Sixteenth of June delves into the frictions and allegiances of friendships, the murky uncertainty of early adulthood, and the yearning to belong. Offering a nod to James Joycea€™s Ulysses, this remarkable novel explores the secrets we keep and the lengths we go to for acceptance and love. It is a€œa perfect book for fans of Jonathan Tropper, Meg Wolitzer, and, yes, James Joycea€ (Star Tribune, Minneapolis).a€œYoua#39;re allowed, I suppose, a€ she teases, her eyes twinkling at the sight of the bottle. She has a long, thick braid draped over one shoulder and wears chefa#39;s whites. Her eye makeup is smudged from the heat, but it lends her a sultry look, tendrilsanbsp;...

Title:The Sixteenth of June
Author:Maya Lang
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2014-06-03


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