Pretend We Are Lovely
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Pretend We Are Lovely

3.59 (170 ratings by Goodreads)
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Description

Francie dresses in tennis skirts and ankle socks and weighs her grams of allotted carrots and iceberg lettuce. Her semi-estranged husband Tate prefers a packed fridge and hidden doughnuts. Daughters Enid, ten, and Vivvy, almost thirteen, are subtler versions of their parents, measuring their summer vacation by meals had or meals skipped. But at summer's end, secrets both old and new emerge and Francie disappears, leaving the family teetering on the brink. Told from alternating points of view by the four living Sobels, Pretend We Are Lovely is a sharp and darkly funny story of forgiveness, family secrets, and the losses we inherit. At its core is the ever-complicated and deeply-devoted bond of sisterhood as the girls, left mostly to their own devices, must navigate their way through middle school, find comfort in each other, and learn the difference between food and nourishment.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 140 x 213 x 25mm | 386g
  • Tin House Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 1941040667
  • 9781941040669
  • 1,045,626

Review quote

[A] family must navigate the secret currents of guilt, obsession, loss, and--most dangerous of all--hope in this pitch-perfect examination of two Southern seasons in 1982. . . . In prose that ambulates between stark, hallucinatory, fuddled, and chewy according to the guiding character's point of view, Reid masterfully denies her novel the impulse to solve its characters' problems, leaving the reader with the brutal task of lingering within their experience.--Kirkus, Starred Reviewshow more

Rating details

170 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 19% (33)
4 32% (55)
3 38% (64)
2 9% (16)
1 1% (2)
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