Imagine Me Gone
Imagine Me Gone
A Novel


Adam Haslett's new novel is devastating and darkly funny. Haslett’s writing is graceful, and his intellectual curiosity is wide-ranging as he creates an unforgettable family’s story tackling mental illness and race among other fraught topics. —Recommended by Stacey, City Lights Publishers

"Haslett is one of the country's most talented writers, equipped with a sixth sense for characterization."—Wall Street Journal

"Ambitious and stirring . . . With Imagine Me Gone, Haslett has reached another level." —New York Times Book Review

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Best Books of 2016 So Far —Time


From a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, a ferociously intimate story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go to save the people we love the most?


When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic who makes sense of the world through parody. Over the span of decades, his younger siblings -- the savvy and responsible Celia and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec -- struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled and precarious existence.

Told in alternating points of view by all five members of the family, this searing, gut-wrenching, and yet frequently hilarious novel brings alive with remarkable depth and poignancy the love of a mother for her children, the often inescapable devotion siblings feel toward one another, and the legacy of a father's pain in the life of a family.

With his striking emotional precision and lively, inventive language, Adam Haslett has given us something rare: a novel with the power to change how we see the most important people in our lives.

Title Imagine Me Gone
Subtitle A Novel
Author Adam Haslett
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Title First Published 03 May 2016
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 368 p.
ISBN-10 0316261351
ISBN-13 9780316261357
Publication Date 03 May 2016
Main content page count 368
Weight 32 oz.
 


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