In the Middle of All This

In the Middle of All This

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Martin Kreutzel and his ill sister, Elizabeth, are as close as grown siblings can be-they have an essential connection. However, she lives with her husband outside of London and he lives with his wife and two children in a small Pennsylvania college town where he and his wife are both professors. Neither one of them likes the atmosphere there but they both have tenure track positions and can raise their two children in a safe neighborhood, in a house they can own. As Elizabeth's cancer worsens, Martin's love for her cripples his abilities at work and at home. When Elizabeth's husband, Richard, disappears for a few days, and one of Martin's students hangs herself, Martin finds himself torn between serving his sister and being a good husband, father, and professor. After Martin makes a trip to London to be with his sister, the situation gets stranger, alarming even, when Richard returns and whisks his wife off for the day, disappearing again, except this time he takes Elizabeth with him.
Leebron's compelling third novel brings us into the world of domestic unease as two couples and their joined families wrestle with empathy's limitations in the uncompromising teeth of mortality.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 147.1 x 217.4 x 25.1mm | 435.46g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
  • English
  • 0151008345
  • 9780151008346

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"In the Middle of All This is a very fine novel. It seizes the reader's attention and doesn't let go until the last word. It is really an extraordinary work in its understanding of the human condition, the shifting ways we feel about what happens to us, and in its beautiful plainness of language, plainness as essential as real emotion and real thought."
--Paula Fox, author of Borrowed Finery
"Written with remarkable clarity and honesty, this book is a poignant love song that celebrates the fears and difficulties of a family facing the potential vastness of loss. Bravely, unsparingly, Fred Leebron has placed with exquisite perfection, the small details of domestic life up against the large incomprehensibility of our mortality."
--Elizabeth Strout, author of Amy and Isabelle
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"A poignant love song that celebrates the fears and difficulties of a family facing the potential vastness of loss."--Elizabeth Strout, author of "Amy and Isabelle"

"A morally challenging novel . . . "Six Figures" is right on the money."--"The New York Times Book Review"
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29 ratings
3.41 out of 5 stars
5 28% (8)
4 14% (4)
3 34% (10)
2 21% (6)
1 3% (1)
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