A Hundred Small Lessons

A Hundred Small Lessons

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"From the author of the highly acclaimed The Railwayman's Wife, called a "literary and literate gem" by Psychology Today, comes an emotionally resonant and profound new novel of two families, interconnected through the house that bears witness to their lives. When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane house in which she has lived for more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to establish their new life. As they settle in, Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents, taking comfort in memories of their vibrant past as they begin to unearth who their future selves might be. But the house has secrets of its own, and the rooms seem to share recollections of Elsie's life with Lucy. In her nearby nursing home, Elsie traces the span of her life--the moments she can't bear to let go and the places to which she dreams of returning. Her beloved former house is at the heart of her memories of marriage, motherhood, love, and death, and the boundary between present and past becomes increasingly porous for both her and Lucy. Over the course of one hot Brisbane summer, two families' stories intersect in sudden and unexpected ways. Through the richly intertwined narratives of two ordinary, extraordinary women, Ashley Hay uses her "lyrical prose, poetic dialogue, and stunning imagery" (RT magazine) to weave an intricate, bighearted story of what it is to be human"--
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2017.
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501165139
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hay Ashley 11/2017
Characteristics: 288 pages ;,24 cm
Alternative Title: 100 small lessons


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LoganLib_Phoebe Aug 05, 2018

An amazing story about memory, family and sense of place. A must read for anyone who loves Brisbane.

LoganLib_JennyI May 31, 2018

This is a wonderful local story and will resonate with anyone who has lived in a Queenslander style home or lived through the 1974 or 2011 Brisbane floods.


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