The Last Romantics

by Tara Conklin

On Sale: 02/05/2019

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The Last Romantics

by Tara Conklin

On Sale: 02/05/2019

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About the Book

From the New York Times–bestselling author of The House Girl comes a novel about our most precious and dangerous attachment: family

In the spring of 1981, the young Skinner siblings—fierce Renee, dreamy Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona—lose their father to a heart attack and their mother to a paralyzing depression, events that thrust them into a period they will later call “the Pause.” Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the siblings navigate the dangers and resentments of the Pause to emerge fiercely loyal and deeply connected. Two decades later, the Skinners find themselves again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they’ve made and what, exactly, they will do for love.

Narrated nearly a century later by the youngest sibling, the renowned poet Fiona Skinner, The Last Romantics spans a lifetime. It’s a story of sex and affection, sacrifice and selfishness, deeply held principles and dashed expectations, a lost engagement ring, a squandered baseball scholarship, unsupervised summers at the neighbourhood pond and an iconic book of love poems. But most of all it is the story of Renee, Caroline, Joe and Fiona: the ways they support each other, the ways they betray each other and the ways they knit back together bonds they have fractured.

In the vein of Commonwealth, Little Fires Everywhere and The Nest, this is a panoramic, tenderly insightful novel about one devoted, imperfect family. The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the responsibilities we bear both gracefully and unwillingly, and the all-important, ever-complex definition of love.

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Critical Praise

“A beautifully written family saga about the unforgettable Skinner clan and the tricky bonds that hold them together, and sometimes rip them apart. There’s so much love and loss in this book that I read it with a box of tissues, laughing with astonishment through the tears.” -  Lisa Gabriele, author of The Winters

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443436304
  • ISBN 10: 1443436305
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 02/05/2019
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / General

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