What is the HCC First Look program?
HCC First Look gives Canadian readers exclusive access to advance copies of HarperCollins books before anyone else!
If you're chosen as an HCC First Look reader, here's what you have to do:
- Step 1: Read the advanced copy we provide.
- Step 2: Email us a short review of the HCC First Look pick.
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So, do you want to have the HCC First Look? Scroll down to see what this month's pick is and tell us why you want to read it for your chance to become an HCC First Look reader!
This Month's Pick: The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
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 Romanticsis an unforgettable exploration of the responsibilities we bear both gracefully and unwillingly, and the all-important, ever-complex definition of love.
The entry period for the HCC First Look at The Last Romantics has now ended. Stay tuned for future opportunities to become a HCC First Look reader!