Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe
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Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe

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Named one of 2019's most anticipated reads by LitHub and Entertainment Weekly From a bright new voice in contemporary fiction comes a hilarious and sophisticated comedy of manners about a delightfully eccentric family and the absurd happenings that befall them during one frenzied summer at their home in the Pacific Northwest. The inimitable--some might say incorrigible--Frank Widdicombe is suffering from a deep depression. Or so his wife, Carol, believes. But Carol is convinced that their new island home--Willowbrook Manor on the Puget Sound--is just the thing to cheer her husband up. And so begins a whirlwind summer as their house becomes the epicenter of multiple social dramas involving the family, their friends, and a host of new acquaintances. The Widdicombes' son, Christopher, is mourning a heartbreak after a year abroad in Italy. Their personal assistant, Michelle, begins a romance with preppy screenwriter Bradford, who also happens to be Frank's tennis partner. Meanwhile, a local named Marvelous Matthews is hired to create a garden at the manor--and is elated to find Gracie Sloane, bewitching self-help author, in residence as well. When this alternately bumbling and clever cast of characters comes together, Willowbrook transforms into a circus of uncovered secrets, preposterous misunderstandings, and irrepressible passions. Written in a singularly witty and satirical style, Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe is perfect for fans of Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, Andrew Sean Greer's Less, and Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 142 x 216 x 28mm | 386g
  • English
  • 1501199617
  • 9781501199615
  • 1,097,823

Review quote

"What a joy to be with the Widdicombes! As funny and charming as a summer party you never want to end."-- Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less
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306 ratings
2.98 out of 5 stars
5 11% (35)
4 17% (52)
3 40% (122)
2 22% (66)
1 10% (31)
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