The Children's Crusade

The Children's Crusade

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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From New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Ann Packer, a “tour de force family drama” (Elle) that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of his future family, Bill buys the property and proposes to Penny Greenway, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life appeals to him. In less than a decade they have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, overwhelmed and undersatisfied, chafing at the conventions confining her. Years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence sets off a struggle over the family’s future. One by one, they tell their stories, which reveal Packer’s “great compassion for her characters, with their ancient injuries, their blundering desires. The way she tangles their perspectives perfectly, painfully captures the tumult of selves within a family” (MORE Magazine). Reviewers have praised Ann Packer’s “brilliant ear for character” (The New York Times Book Review) and her “naturalist’s vigilance for detail, so that her characters seem observed rather than invented” (The New Yorker). Her talents are on dazzling display in The Children’s Crusade, “an absorbing novel that celebrates family even as it catalogs its damages” (People, Book of the Week). This is a “superb storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle), Ann Packer’s most deeply affecting book yet, “tragic and utterly engrossing” (O, The Oprah Magazine).
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781476710471
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: data file
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brangwinn
Jul 13, 2015

Told from the perspective of different family members, this is the story of any family. Each person views events differently. They harbor resentment at past slights, things that others in the family might not have even noticed. Add to this mix a mother who realizes she wants to be more than a mother and doctor’s wife. When the family home is to be sold, the adult children return to clash and reconcile.

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gvlee
Jun 13, 2015

An engrossing novel about 4 children, their loving father, and their unhappy mother, who withdraws more and more from family life, despite the children's efforts--their crusade--to draw her back in. If you liked Anne Tyler's "A Spool of Blue Thread," or Mary Lawson's "Road Ends," you will love this book, too.

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