One of the great bestseller of our time: the novel that inspired Robert Redford´s Oscar-winning film starring Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore In Ordinary People, Judith Guest´s remarkable first novel, the Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. In this memorable, moving novel, Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their misunderstandings, pain, and ultimate healing. Ordinary People is an extraordinary novel about an ´´ordinary´´ family divided by pain, yet bound by their struggle to heal. ´´Admirable...touching...full of the anxiety, despair, and joy that is common to every human experience of suffering and growth.´´ -The New York Times ´´Rejoice! A novel for all ages and all seasons.´´ -The Washington Post Book World
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN´S PRIZE FOR FICTION AND THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION ´I am shouting from the rooftops to anyone who will listen about this book. It´s so so good - realistic and funny and so truthful it almost winded me´ Dolly Alderton, The High Low Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning. Melissa has a new baby and doesn´t want to let it change her. Damian has lost his father and intends not to let it get to him. Michael is still in love with Melissa but can´t quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Stephanie just wants to live a normal, happy life on the commuter belt with Damian and their three children but his bereavement is getting in the way. Set in London to an exhilarating soundtrack, Ordinary People is an intimate study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and ageing, and the fragile architecture of love. ´I just finished Ordinary People by Diana Evans and it is utterly exquisite. What a writer she is - the depth of her insight, the grace of her sentences. WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING ALL THIS TIME NOT READING HER?´ Elizabeth Day, Twitter ´God this book is fantastic´ Pandora Sykes
Selected by the New Yorker, Financial Times and New Statesman as a Book of the Year ´Diana Evans is a lyrical and glorious writer; a precise poet of the human heart´ Naomi Alderman ´You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It´s your last chance, and most people miss it.´ South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn´t want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can´t quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian´s father has thrown him into crisis - or is it something, or someone, else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap? Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama´s historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.