Us by David NichollsUs by David Nicholls


byDavid Nicholls

Paperback | October 28, 2014

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From David Nicholls, author of the mega-bestselling fiction sensation One Day, comes a highly anticipated new novel that follows one man’s efforts to salvage his marriage—and repair his troubled relationship with his teenaged son—during the course of a trip around Europe

Renowned author David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his beloved New York Times bestseller One Day to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together—and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart.

Douglas Petersen may be a mild-mannered scientist, but his reserved appearance hides a sense of humour that, against all odds, seduces beautiful art-school graduate Connie into a second date . . . and into marrying him. Now, nearly three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Douglas is still deeply in love with his wife, and is looking toward Albie leaving for college so that he can reconnect with Connie, and somehow reignite the spark that seems to be missing. That is, until Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce.

Connie’s timing couldn’t be worse. Wanting to encourage her son’s artistic interests, she’s planned a month-long tour across Europe, where they’ll experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel the voyage. But perhaps going ahead is for the best? Douglas feels sure that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance they’ve lost along the way, as well as help him to bond with Albie. He prepares with a meticulously detailed itinerary, but they barely make it to Amsterdam before his plans go awry.

Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, stealthily witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man rising to the challenge of rescuing his relationship with the woman he loves—as he embarks on a life-changing journey on the heels of a son who’s always felt like a stranger. It is an authentic meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the complicated relationship between the heart and the head. And in David Nicholls’s gifted hands, Douglas’s odyssey brings Europe—from the famed museums of Paris to the cafes of Venice to the beaches of Barcelona—to vivid life just as he experiences a powerful awakening of his own. Will this summer be his last as a husband and involved father, or the moment when he turns his marriage—his whole life—around?

DAVID NICHOLLS’s most recent novel, the New York Times bestseller One Day, has sold over 2 million copies and been translated into thirty-seven languages; he also wrote the screenplay for the 2010 film adaptation starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway. Trained as an actor before making the switch to writing, Nicholls’s previous novels...
Title:UsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443438073

ISBN - 13:9781443438070

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from It was a drag. Did not enjoy this book at all, it was very long and the story was dragged slowly throughout the book. There was no adventure or excitement to look forward to. However, it was an interesting perspective to read from so that was the only plus side of this book. Quite disappointed :(
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I listened to the audio book for this novel and I enjoyed it enough to keep it. It was very descriptive and moved slowly which I normally dislike however I was intrigued by and could relate to the main character, his observations were sometimes funny or amusing to me. I also enjoyed the other characters and their eccentric personalities. In the end I wanted to see how things would end up.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from UMM - I know a good book when its been a few months and I'm still touched by the story when I think of it. When I can recall the time I've read it and how it has got me thinking about certain issues. I love making the book relevant to my daily life and this one definitely did NOT. It was not a bad book, don't get me wrong. I just wouldn't recommend it.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Feelings I loved "One Day" so I thought the feelings I had for that would be recreated with Us. I was wrong. This book possesses it's own identity and I'm unsure if I like it or not. For me, it was refreshing to read a book written by a man in the point of a view of man, I tend to be drawn to female perspectives. Definitely don't regret picking it up, but I'm not sure if I enjoyed it either...
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I've never read the works of this author before, but nonetheless I really enjoyed this novel. It was a beautiful read for me. There were many moments that resonated strongly with me and I feel I will definitely have to read it again sometime soon.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not quite good enough. I was REALLY looking forward to reading this book especially as I had loved One Day but I'm afraid to say, this one really failed to keep me interested. It starts well enough but the saga within the covers makes me think that Nicholls could only right one great book. I waded through it like I was wearing wellington boots in a swimming pool and honestly, I only plowed on because I'd spent 23 of my well-earned dollars on the thing. For those considering a purchase, the author sums the entire book up extremely well on page 383 under the heading "Points of View". I encourage you to read that page before getting out your wallet. Grim, not funny, and utterly disappointing.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had high expectations I loved 'One Day' and was looking forward to 'Us' so much. Maybe it was too similar to the 'Rosie' books. It was a good book but I was expecting something more...
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended I loved this book! I really can't explain why, the characters, the settings, the humour, the sadness, these all came together to make a great read. I loved Douglas, the narrator. He is something of a serious, well intentioned man. He is having trouble connecting to his son, Albie. His wife, Connie, wants a separation. In the midst of all of this, they decide to take a family vacation exploring the great art of Europe. Douglas is hoping this trip will bring him closer to his son, and change his wife's mind about leaving him. Along with Douglas' traveling stories, we are taken back through his life. Childhood, marriage, fatherhood, etc. We get to know Douglas this way and for me, to understand where he is coming from. I really liked that Douglas was portrayed with all of his flaws. As you read, you begin to understand why he has to be this way. I wasn't particularly fond of Connie though. I'm not sure if the author intended to write her this way, or if it was just me. I found her to be selfish and kind of flighty. This is her personality, though. This is a great book, from a man's perspective on marriage and fatherhood. I would recommend it to anyone. My favourite quote: "...Married life is not a plateau, not at all. There are ravines and great jagged peaks and hidden crevasses that send the both of you scrabbling into darkness. Then there are dull, parched stretches that you feel will never end, and much of the journey is in fraught silence, and sometimes you can't see the other person at all, sometimes they drift off very far away from you, quite out of sight, and the journey is hard. It is just very, very, very hard."
Date published: 2014-11-13

Editorial Reviews

Advance Praise for Us:“I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After.” —Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and One Plus One“Wonderful. A novel that manages to be both truly hilarious and deeply affecting. I loved it.” —S.J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to SleepPraise for One Day“One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you’ll ever encounter. . . . An instant classic.” —People“Nicholls has a gift for zeitgeist description and emotional empathy that’s wholly his own. . . . A light but surprisingly deep romance so thoroughly satisfying.” —Entertainment Weekly“Sharp dialogue and wry insight that sounds like Nick Hornby at his best.” —The Daily Beast (A Best Book of Summer)“Fluid, expertly paced, highly observed, and at times, both funny and moving.” —Boston Globe“Those of us susceptible to nostalgic reveries of youthful heartache and self-invention longed to get our hands on Nicholls’s new novel. You may want to take care where you lay this book down. You may not be the only one who wants in on the answers.” —The New York Times Book Review“A love story with the right amount of heart-melting romance, disappointment, regret, and huge doses of disenchantment about growing up and growing old.” —Elle, Top 10 Summer Books for 2010