As If Love Were Enough

As If Love Were Enough

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Grand Central Pub
From the author of Marriage: A Duet, comes a gripping novel that explores the intricate relationships of a family as its members grapple with love, loyalty, and their meaning to one another

With tenderness and wit, Anne Taylor Fleming returns to the complicated terrain of family life--love given, wounds inflicted--in her novel,As If Love Were Enough. When Clare Layton's actress mother leaves her husband and two small daughters to go off with her lover, their picture-perfect Hollywood family is shattered. Gone are the star-studded parties, the photo-op outings to Palm Springs. Father and daughters are left to cope and hang on, but finally Clare's older sister, Louise, also drifts away. Years pass without a word or sighting, and then Louise mysteriously reappears, hoping to enlist Clare in a medical quest to save her oldest, evangelical teenage son. Louise's reappearance plunges Clare back into her childhood in the early 60s and into a reckoning with her current role as single career woman and devoted mistress to a married politico. As Clare works toward a sense of peace and personal redemption, the novel examines religion and politics, forgiveness and reconciliation, and the deep tethers between long-estranged sisters trying to find their way back.

Baker & Taylor
When her actress mother abandons her husband and small daughters for her lover, Clare Layton's comfortable Hollywood family and lifestyle are shattered forever, until a reunion with her long-estranged sister, Louise, who hopes to enlist her aid to save her ailing teenage son, forces both women to come to terms with their childhood, family, and personal lives. 25,000 first printing.

HARPERCOLL
From the author of Marriage: A Duet, comes a gripping novel that explores the intricate relationships of a family as its members grapple with love, loyalty, and their meaning to one another

With tenderness and wit, Anne Taylor Fleming returns to the complicated terrain of family life -- love given, wounds inflicted -- in her novel, As If Love Were Enough. When Clare Layton's actress mother leaves her husband and two small daughters to go off with her lover, their picture-perfect Hollywood family is shattered. Gone are the star-studded parties, the photo-op outings to Palm Springs. Father and daughters are left to cope and hang on, but finally Clare's older sister, Louise, also drifts away. Years pass without a word or sighting, and then Louise mysteriously reappears, hoping to enlist Clare in a medical quest to save her oldest, evangelical teenage son. Louise's reappearance plunges Clare back into her childhood in the early 60s and into a reckoning with her current role as single career woman and devoted mistress to a married politico. As Clare works toward a sense of peace and personal redemption, the novel examines religion and politics, forgiveness and reconciliation, and the deep tethers between long-estranged sisters trying to find their way back.

Blackwell North Amer
From the author of Marriage: A Duet, comes a gripping novel that explores the intricate relationships of a family as its members grapple with love, loyalty, and their meaning to one another

With tenderness and wit, Anne Taylor Fleming returns to the complicated terrain of family life--love given, wounds inflicted--in her novel, As If Love Were Enough. When Clare Layton's actress mother leaves her husband and two small daughters to go off with her lover, their picture-perfect Hollywood family is shattered. Gone are the star-studded parties, the photo-op outings to Palm Springs. Father and daughters are left to cope and hang on, but finally Clare's older sister, Louise, also drifts away. Years pass without a word or sighting, and then Louise mysteriously reappears, hoping to enlist Clare in a medical quest to save her oldest, evangelical teenage son. Louise's reappearance plunges Clare back into her childhood in the early 60s and into a reckoning with her current role as single career woman and devoted mistress to a married politico. As Clare works toward a sense of peace and personal redemption, the novel examines religion and politics, forgiveness and reconciliation, and the deep tethers between long-estranged sisters trying to find their way back.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401301057
1401301053
Characteristics: 336 p. ; 22 cm

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