Emily Alone A Novel Author:Stewart O'Nan From the author of Last Night at the Lobster, a moving vision of love and family. — A sequel to the bestselling, much-beloved Wish You Were Here, Stewart O'Nan's intimate new novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. She dreams of vists by her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of... more » her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's days change. As she grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities. Like most older women, Emily is a familiar yet invisible figure, one rarely portrayed so honestly. Her mingled feelings-of pride and regret, joy and sorrow- are gracefully rendered in wholly unexpected ways. Once again making the ordinary and overlooked not merely visible but vital to understanding our own lives, Emily, Alone confirms O'Nan as an American master.« less
This book is the sequel to Stewart O'Nan's book "Wish You Were Here." This novel centers around the family matriarch, Emily, and details her life as a widow. The book is set approximately eight years in the future, and certain family members have aged. Having had the privilege of meeting Mr. O'Nan some months back, I could hear his voice reciting the words on the page. Nothing more exciting than an art festival or a funeral happens in these pages, and this novel is more a character study than a plot driven device, but still quietly enjoyable.