April 2011 Indie Next List
“In this novel - a sequel to Wish You Were Here - we follow Emily Maxwell, an aging widow who walks a fine line between loneliness and her newfound independence. O'Nan convincingly portrays the mind, heart, and memory of an elderly woman, evoking her solitude poignantly but without resorting to emotional manipulation or sentimentality. O'Nan is one of the most versatile storytellers, and this book further guarantees his place in the pantheon of contemporary American writers.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
A bittersweet tale of love and longing from the bestselling author of "Last Night at the Lobster."
Once again making the ordinary and overlooked not merely visible but vital to understanding our own lives, Stewart O'Nan confirms his position as an American master with "Emily, Alone." A sequel to the bestselling, much-beloved "Wish You Were Here," O'Nan's intimate novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long departed. She dreams of visits from her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood. When her sister-in-law and sole companion, Arlene, faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's life changes in unexpected ways. As she grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities.
About the Author
Stewart O'Nan's novels include "Last Night at the Lobster", "The Night Country", and "Prayer for the Dying". His novel "Snow Angels" was the basis of the 2007 film of the same name. He is also the author of the nonfiction books "The Circus Fire" and, with Stephen King, the bestselling "Faithful". "Granta" named him one of the Twenty Best Young American Novelists. He lives in Pittsburgh.