Commuters: A Novel

Paperback | June 29, 2010

byEmily Gray Tedrowe

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"Tedrowe explores the reconfigurations of a family and the strange alliances that can occur between young and old, love and work. And she writes brilliantly about money…. A deeply satisfying debut." —Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street

“A poignant meditation on desire, heartrending loss, and dreams deferred.” —Robin Antalek, author of The Summer We Fell Apart

Emily Tedrowe’s exceptional debut novel depicts the shockwaves set in motion by the sudden marriage of one middle-class family’s 78-year-old matriarch to a wealthy outsider. Commuters is that rare novel that offers something for almost everyone: “foodies” interested in exploring the rich tapestry of the New York City restaurant scene; the millions who have been profoundly affected by the current financial and mortgage crisis; or anyone simply looking for a beautifully drawn family drama in the vein of the works of Katrina Kittle (The Blessings of the Animals, Two Truths and a Lie) and Jennifer Haigh (The Condition, Baker Towers, Mrs. Kimble).

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"Tedrowe explores the reconfigurations of a family and the strange alliances that can occur between young and old, love and work. And she writes brilliantly about money…. A deeply satisfying debut." —Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street “A poignant meditation on desire, heartrending loss, and dreams deferred.” —Robin A...

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At seventy-eight, Winnie Easton has finally found love again with Jerry Trevis, a wealthy Chicago businessman who has moved to the small, upstate town of Hartfield, New York, to begin his life anew. But their decision to buy one of the town's biggest houses ignites anger and skepticism—as children and grandchildren take drastic actions...

Emily Gray Tedrowe lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. Her short fiction has appeared inOther Voicesand theCrab Orchard Review.Commutersis her first novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:June 29, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061859478

ISBN - 13:9780061859472

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Commuters This was a wonderful book but has left us hanging. Winnie and Jerry marry in their later years and then they are in a car accident that speeds up Jerry's dementia. Rachel, Winnie's daughter is also struggling with a husband who was in an accident that left him with some brain damage. Avery is Jerry's grandson who is also struggling with drug addictions. The ending leaves us with no answers as to how every one makes out. Perhaps this was done on purpose to go into another book? Hopefully as I really enjoyed this one.
Date published: 2013-02-20

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“So fantastic. This is the kind of book you would imagine Virginia Woolf might write were she with us is the 21st century: relevant and contemporary, relentlessly funny, deeply insightful, and fearless in its exploration of people’s private lives.”