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Book Title: The History of Great Things|
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The author of the book: Elizabeth Crane
Edition: Harper Perennial
Date of issue: April 5th 2016
ISBN 13: 9780062412676
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A witty and irresistible story of a mother and daughter regarding each other through the looking glass of time, grief, and forgiveness.
In two beautifully counterpoised narratives, two women—mother and daughter—try to make sense of their own lives by revisiting what they know about each other. The History of Great Things tells the entwined stories of Lois, a daughter of the Depression Midwest who came to New York to transform herself into an opera star, and her daughter, Elizabeth, an aspiring writer who came of age in the 1970s and ’80s in the forbidding shadow of her often-absent, always larger-than-life mother. In a tour de force of storytelling and human empathy, Elizabeth chronicles the events of her mother’s life, and in turn Lois recounts her daughter’s story—pulling back the curtain on lifelong secrets, challenging and interrupting each other, defending their own behavior, brandishing or swallowing their pride, and, ultimately, coming to understand each other in a way that feels both extraordinary and universal.
The History of Great Things is a novel about a mother and daughter who are intimately connected and not connected enough; it will make readers laugh and cry and wonder how we become the adults we always knew we should—even if we’re not always adults our parents understand.
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Read information about the authorElizabeth Crane is the author of three collections of short stories: When the Messenger Is Hot and All This Heavenly Glory (Little, Brown) and You Must Be This Happy to Enter (Akashic Books). Her work has been featured in Other Voices, Mississippi Review, Bridge, the Chicago Reader, the Believer, and several anthologies including McSweeney’s Future Dictionary of America, The Best Underground Fiction, Loser, Altared, and The Show I’ll Never Forget. She is a regular contributor to Writer’s Block Party on WBEZ Chicago. In 2003 she received the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award. She currently teaches creative writing and lives in Chicago with her husband and their dog.
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