A Simple Thing: A Novel

Paperback | October 28, 2015

byKathleen Mccleary

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A Simple Thing is a lovely, truly heartwarming novel about the drastic measures two mothers take to keep their families safe. Kathleen McCleary, the critically acclaimed author of House and Home, tells the intertwining stories of Susannah Delaney and Betty Pavalak. Susannah moves her family to remote Sounder Island—a primitive retreat with no electricity—to escape television, the internet, and the dangerous, corrupting influences of the modern technological world. Decades earlier, Betty also came to the island to escape her demons. A Simple Thing is a poignant and unforgettable novel in the vein of Jacqueline Sheehan’s Lost and Found and The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache. It is a tale of family and friendship that Kristin Hannah fans will take into their hearts.

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A Simple Thing is a lovely, truly heartwarming novel about the drastic measures two mothers take to keep their families safe. Kathleen McCleary, the critically acclaimed author of House and Home, tells the intertwining stories of Susannah Delaney and Betty Pavalak. Susannah moves her family to remote Sounder Island—a primitive retreat ...

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When Susannah Delaney discovers her young son is being bullied and her adolescent daughter is spinning out of control, she moves them to remote, rustic Sounder Island to live for a year. A simple island existence—with no computers or electricity and only a one-room schoolhouse—is just what her over scheduled East Coast kids need to lea...

Kathleen McCleary is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in theNew York Times,Washington Post,Ladies' Home Journal,More, andGood Housekeeping. Her second novel,A Simple Thing(2012), was recently nominated for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards. She has taught writing as an adjunct professor at American University and n...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:October 28, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062106236

ISBN - 13:9780062106230

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“A Simple Thing is a careful examination of friendship, marriage, and parenting; the choices we all face; and the battle so often waged between love and responsibility.”