Join us for a free, in-store reading and book-signing with Tessa Hadley! Tessa will be stopping at Women & Children First for the paperback tour of her novel, The Past --one of our favorite books of the past year!
Three sisters and a brother, complete with children, a new wife, and an ex-boyfriend's son, descend on their grandparents’ dilapidated old home in the Somerset countryside for a final summer holiday. After three long, hot weeks, tensions and secrets rise to the surface as the house triggers childhood memories of the time when Mom took them the children to the old house after leaving their father. As the family's stories and silences intertwine, small disturbances build into familial crises, and a bourgeois way of life winds down to its inevitable end. Embraces by readers and critics alike, The Past is a work of breathtaking scope and beauty that is widely considered Hadley’s most ambitious and accomplished novel yet. Tessa Hadley is the author of five highly praised novels: Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award; Everything Will Be All Right; The Master Bedroom; The London Train, which was a New York Times Notable Book; and Clever Girl. She is also the author of two short story collections, Sunstroke and Married Love, which were New York Times Notable Books as well. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker. She lives in London.