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Thanksgiving Night

Thanksgiving Night

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Book Overview: Thanksgiving Night

Will Butterfield can't believe it. His 75-year-old mother, Holly, is drunk and threatening to jump off the roof. Again.

Holly and Fiona, another elderly relative, won't stop tormenting Will and his wife Elizabeth with their bizarre (though often amusing) antics. Between Will's worries about his bookstore, The Heart's Ease, and Elizabeth's troublesome high school students, dealing with "the crazies" has become just too much.

But then something unexpected happens -- Henry Ward, a neighborhood handyman, meets the two old women, and he, his daughter Alison, and grandchildren are drawn into the Butterfields' lives in surprising ways. Both a comedy and a love story -- a first for Bausch -- Thanksgiving Night is about the real meaning of family, and one particular clan that has many reasons to be thankful.

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ISBN-139780060094447
ISBN-100060094443
PublisherHarper Perennial
Publication Date2007-10-30
EditionReprint
Languageen
Pages416
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs

"Bausch's engagingly deranged characters hold our attention . . . in one of his more interesting and readable longer fictions." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Beautifully told. ... Bausch supplies plenty to go around, just as one would wish on any Thanksgiving night. " -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"It's a subtle, slyly accomplished feat, and Bausch brings his disparate storylines together in a powerfully moving finale." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Kooky relatives, drunken antics, and near-death experiences are fodder enough for three tomes. For this, we are thankful." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Bracing, unapologetically old-fashioned. Bausch's novel is also filled with sudden displays of emotion." -- New York Times Book Review

"(A) satisfying feast of a book that feels authentic and wise." -- Washington Post Book World

Richard Bausch is a highly esteemed American author and professor renowned for his breathtaking short stories and novels. Known especially for the keen psychological depth and precise emotional insight of his works, Bausch has treasured contributions to the genre of literary fiction. Born and raised in Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1945, Bausch's passion for literature began at an early age. The body of his work, which includes over a dozen novels and multiple short story collections, reflects his astute understanding of human complexities and vulnerabilities. Bausch’s prolific career as a writer is marked by numerous prestigious accolades and awards. Among these are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the short story and the Rea Award for the Short Story. His novel “The Last Good Time” was adapted into a feature-length film, further cementing Bausch’s influence in the realm of storytelling. His meticulously crafted narratives, with their deep, resonating examination of the human experience, consistently attract both critical acclaim and a wide readership. Apart from his myriad accomplishments as a writer, Bausch has also been a guiding force in shaping aspiring talents within the field. He has taught in many renowned institutions like George Mason University and Chapman University, nurturing the potential of countless students. In Richard Bausch, we find not only an extraordinary novelist and short story writer but also an influential mentor dedicated to cultivating the field of literature.

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