Vance Lake is broke, jobless, and recently dumped. Taking refuge with his twin brother, Craig, on Cape Cod, he unwittingly finds himself in the middle of a crisis that would test even the most cohesive family, let alone the Lakes. Seventeen-year-old Amanda is pregnant. Craig is heartbroken and full of rage; his exasperated wife, Gina, is on the brink of an affair; and Amanda is indignant, ashamed, and very, very scared.
Told in alternating points of view by each member of this colorful New England clan, and infused with the quiet charm of the Cape in the off-season, The News from the End of the World follows one family into a crucible of pent-up resentments, old and new secrets, and memories long buried. Only by coming to terms with their pasts, as individuals and together, do they stand a chance of emerging intact.
“My favorite kind of book, bighearted and full of complicated flawed characters stumbling through love and life, making hard choices, making mistakes, and making the reader fall in love with every one of them. I loved this novel!” — Ann Hood, author of The Book That Matters Most
“With wonderfully crafted characters and expert pacing, Miller has written the kind of narrative that readers crave: a beautifully written, hard-to-put-down story that will stay long after the book has been closed.” — Booklist
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
EMILY JEANNE MILLER worked as a journalist for several western newspapers before earning an MS from the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana and an MFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Her short stories have appeared in the Portland Review and the North American Review, andshe has been a resident at Yaddo and at the Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Emily Jeanne Miller's newest, compulsively readable novel, The News from the End of the World, takes on a complicated situation with wit and enormous empathy. Miller doesn't shy away from examining the strife that often exists in family dynamics, from marital discord, the whiff of potential adultery, and a teenager forced to make hard choices. Life is complicated. In Miller's hands it's also very, very funny and wise. One of the things that makes her brilliant novel so refreshing is her acknowledgement that there aren't any easy answers. Readers will think twice about their own assumptions, which is the best kind of writing, something that readers will discuss long after they've put the book down.