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The Sixteenth of June: A Novel - Maya Lang
The Sixteenth of June: A Novel
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A finely observed, wry social satire set in Philadelphia over the course of a single day, this soaring debut novel paints a moving portrait of a family at a turning point.Leopold Portman, a young IT manager a few years out of college, dreams of settling down in Philly’s bucolic suburbs and... show more
A finely observed, wry social satire set in Philadelphia over the course of a single day, this soaring debut novel paints a moving portrait of a family at a turning point.Leopold Portman, a young IT manager a few years out of college, dreams of settling down in Philly’s bucolic suburbs and starting a family with his fiancée, Nora. A talented singer in mourning for her mother, Nora has abandoned a promising opera career and wonders what her destiny holds. Her best friend, Stephen, Leopold’s brother, dithers in his seventh year of graduate school and privately questions Leo and Nora’s relationship. On June 16, 2004, the three are brought together—first for a funeral, then for an annual Bloomsday party. As the long-simmering tensions between them come to a head, they are forced to confront the choices of their pasts and their hopes for the future. Clever, lyrical, and often hilarious, The Sixteenth of June is a feat of storytelling and a sharp depiction of modern American family life. It delves into the tensions and allegiances of friendships, the murky uncertainty of early adulthood, and the yearning to belong. This remarkable novel offers a nod to James Joyce's celebrated classic, Ulysses, and it is about the secrets we keep and the lengths we’ll go to for acceptance and love.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781476745749 (1476745749)
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Lagniappe Literature
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3.0 The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang
What a moody book! Not sure if I liked this. The whole time I was reading I felt like I was forcing myself to move forward. One more chapter, I'd tell myself. And not in that good way when one normally says, "just one more page. One more chapter." It wasn't bad but I really didn't care about the ch...
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Oh My Aslan
Oh My Aslan rated it
I received this book for free through Goodreads' First Reads. I never read Ulysses so I didn't pick up any of the references to it. However, this was an enjoyable book. You really got to know the characters on a deeper level by being able to get in their heads. It was a little slow at first, but p...
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