Norumbega Park

Norumbega Park

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Moving into a house he saw while lost in 1969, Richie Palumbo launches a forty-year family struggle involving his promiscuous son's unrequited love, his daughter's pursuit of a meditative life, and his wife's spiritual and sexual growth.

McMillan Palgrave

Richie Palumbo, the most prosaic of men, gets lost one night in 1969 while driving home with his family. He finds himself in the town of Norumbega—hidden, remote, and gorgeous, at the far edges of Boston’s western suburbs. He sees a venerable old house and, without quite knowing why, decides he must have it. The repercussions of Richie’s wild dream to own a house in this town lead to a forty-year odyssey for his family. For his son, Jack, Norumbega becomes a sexual playground—until he meets one ungraspable girl and begins a lifelong pursuit of her. Joannie, Richie’s daughter, finds that the challenges of living in Norumbega encourage her to pursue the contemplative life. For Stella, Richie’s wife, life in Norumbega leads to surprising growth as both a sexual and a spiritual being.

Norumbega Park—by Anthony Giardina, the critically acclaimed author of White Guys—is about class and parental dreams, sex and spirituality, the way visions conflict with stubborn reality, and a family’s ability to open up for others a world they can never fully grasp for themselves.

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Moving to a seemingly idyllic Boston suburb after getting lost during a drive in 1969, Richie Palumbo launches a 40-year family struggle involving his promiscuous son's unrequited love, his daughter's pursuit of a contemplative life and his wife's spiritual and sexual growth. By the author of White Guys.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374278670
Branch Call Number: Fiction Giardina
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 24 cm


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ChristchurchLib Dec 02, 2013

More well off Americans. A how people live tale that moves from the 1960s to the present day where a man pursues the American dream exemplified in a big house in an affluent commuter town.


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