Henry, Himself (Penguin LCC US)

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Praise for Henry, Himself: A New York Times Editors' Choice Beautifully spare and poignant . . . a novel that charms not through its plot, but through its subtle revelations of character and the human condition.    The New York Times Book Review  ONan has returned to the mode that marks his best work, capturing Americas shaky middle class with dignity . . . Tracking Henrys subtle interplay with [his wife] Emily, and the unspoken mysteries that concern him, ONan reveals a rich inner life. Minneapolis Star Tribune O'Nan, with some of his most gorgeous writing, [provides] Henry instances of unexpected grace . . . This novel is a lovely tribute to the enduring mystery of an ordinary life.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette As usual, this profoundly unpretentious writer employs lucid, no-frills prose to cogently convey complicated emotions and fraught family interactions. The novel makes no claims for Henry or his kin as exceptional people but instead celebrates the fullness and uniqueness of each ordinary human being. Astute and tender, rich in lovely images and revealing detailsanother wonderful piece of work from the immensely gifted O'Nan. Kirkus (starred review) Charming, meditative, gently funny, and stealthily poignant portrait [of Henry] . . . O'Nan elevates the routines and chores of quiet domesticity to a nearly spiritual level in his lingering attention to details . . . Like Richard Russo and Anne Tyler, O'Nan discerningly celebrates the glory of the ordinary in this pitch-perfect tale of the hidden everyday valor of a humble and good man. Booklist Engaging and immersive . . . One of ONans gifts is his ability to craft his characters with such uncanny attention to detail that the reader comes to care for them as the author does . . . [A] poignant, everyman story.   Book Page Praise for Emily, Alone: O'Nan's best novel yet . . . It's heartbreaking stuffI will confess I found myself sobbing at certain, often unexpected points . . . and yet the novel's brilliance lies just as much with O'Nan's innate comic timing. The New York Times Book Review Emily is as authentic a character as any who ever walked the pages of a novel . . . filled with joy and rue . . . an ordinary life made, by its quiet rendering, extraordinary. The Boston Globe Praise for Wish You Were Here: O'Nan's finest and deepest novel to date . . . the action rises and ebbs with the rhythms of daily life . . . O'Nan draws [his characters] with sympathy and subtlety, especially the women. The New York Times Book Review Stark and brilliantly mesmerizing . . . You read on less to find out what happens to the Maxwells than to become better acquainted with the characters, whom O'Nan makes fascinating and familiar.  Here are 'our real lives.'   Los Angeles Times