Us

by David Nicholls

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. | October 28, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Us is rated 3.66666666666667 out of 5 by 9.

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?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 in

Published: October 28, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443438073

ISBN - 13: 9781443438070

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings Douglas story is so hard when you are living in Connie's heart. I can relate to their story at a certain degree when we keep our relationship because of our children and somehow we lose that part of ourselves that makes us happy. I wish after such a long story, we could have got another 2 or 3 chapters of the rest of the story. Love the art comments and the science enthusiasm.
Date published: 2015-09-02
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 Unbias review A touching and relatable story. At times overly optomistic and nostalgic reminiscense on love, mariage, relationships and regrets...
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Us is a great read! Great read, took a while to get going but once I did I couldn't stop, so hard for me to put it down.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to read,hard to follow While being an interesting story, I found US confusing at times.The jumps from present to past and vice versa,proved only to trip me up and got me rereading sections at a time. The characters, however, were interesting and diverse and I truly cared about what happened them.
Date published: 2015-01-24
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book to read! Awesome book. Really love this book. Like to read again and again.I like all the books written by David nicholls.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome This is a awesome book.
Date published: 2014-10-29

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Us

Us

by David Nicholls

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 in

Published: October 28, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443438073

ISBN - 13: 9781443438070

From the Publisher

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?

About the Author

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 include Starter for Ten (originally published in the U.S. as A Question of Attraction), adapted into a film starring James McAvoy, for which Nicholls also wrote the screenplay; and The Understudy. He continues to write for film and TV as well as writing novels and adapting them for the screen, and has twice been nominated for the BAFTA awards. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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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 Sleep

Praise 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