The Children's Crusade

The Children's Crusade

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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From the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Dive From Clausen's Pier, a sweeping, masterful new novel 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 the family he has yet to create, Bill buys the property on a whim. In Penny Greenway he finds a suitable wife, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life seems compelling and answerable, and they marry and have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, at a time when women chafed at the conventions imposed on them. She finds salvation in art, but the cost is high. Thirty years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return...
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2015.
ISBN: 9781476710471
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (432 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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.

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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