In the Family Way

In the Family Way

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In early 1960s South Carolina, Jeru Lamb is ten years old and trying to come to terms with his brother's death. He's also trying to understand his mother's conversion to Christian Science, his father's literary ambitions (and recent calling as "a Waffle House mystic"), the racial landscape of the segregated South, and a new classmate from the wrong side of town who claims to be his half-sister. "It was not lost on me that by expecting the worst every breathing moment, I backed into prophecy once in a while," says Jeru, and when his mother finds herself "in the family way" - against her doctor's orders - Jeru is left to wonder just what he might lose next.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 207 pages
  • 147.32 x 218.44 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0375502114
  • 9780375502118

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"What a lovely novel. . . . In this sweet, dark, heartfelt family story, Tommy Hays has conjured up our lost American innocence without ever giving in to nostalgia. I surrendered on page one."    --Richard Russo

"In this wry and compassionate novel, the narrator's family life is mysterious and beautiful, a kind of communal secret that everyone somehow knows. Tommy Hays has a gift for small details and large themes, and his novel radiates a kind of unsentimental sweetness and generosity that is quite rare in American writing."      --Charles Baxter

"In the Family Way is the kind of book that works a gentle magic. . . . Readers are going to welcome its wisdom."                              --Josephine Humphreys

"Hays gives us a vivid new guide to the familiar territory of childhood. . . . An eloquent, suspenseful, and highly readable novel."      --Margot Livesey

"In the Family Way examines the tragedies, both large and small, that pull families apart and oddly can also bring them back together. Hays tells this story in spare but affecting language, but mostly he tells it from the heart."     --Ann Hood

"Tommy Hays has really found his voice, and it's not only a wryly entertaining one, it's wise. That voice folded me into the pages of In the Family Way and, like the haunting strains of a beautiful song, stays with me."   --Louise Shivers
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About Tommy Hays

Tommy Hays grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and was educated at Furman University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. His first novel was Sam's Crossing. Hays teaches at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts. He lives in Asheville with his wife and two children.
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82 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 26% (21)
4 38% (31)
3 28% (23)
2 9% (7)
1 0% (0)
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