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A wry, tender novel about an ordinary family facing extraordinary choices.
Julia Alden has fallen deeply, unexpectedly in love. American obstetrician James is everything she didn't know she wanted--if only her teenage daughter, Gwen, didn't hate him so much. Uniting two households is never easy, but when Gwen turns for comfort to James's seventeen-year-old son, Nathan, the consequences will test her mother's loyalty and threaten all their fragile new happiness.
This is a moving and powerful novel about the modern family: about starting over; about love, guilt, and generosity; about building something beautiful amid the mess and complexity of what came before. It is a story about standing by the ones we love, even while they make mistakes. We would give anything to make our children happy. But how much should they ask?
1. Praise for The Innocents
"It is impossible to resist this novel's wit, grace, and charm." Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies
"A crafty homage . . . [Segal] writes with engaging warmth." Entertainment Weekly
"With understated wit, empathy and a cinematic eye of detail, Segal brings alive a host of characters so robust that you can easily imagine them onscreen . . . A winning debut novel." People "
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