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From a commanding new voice in fiction comes a novel as perceptive as it is generous: a portrait of an American family trying to cope in our world today, a story of choices and doubts and transgressions.

The Hardings are teetering on the brink. Elson—once one of Houston’s most promising architects, who never quite lived up to expectations—is recently divorced from his wife...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2012)
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Christie Howland
I hesitated to read this book, as I thought it would be like a lot of family novels I’ve read recently, but I was wrong. Porter’s approach is unique and evocative. Nothing in this novel is what it would seem.

The story begins in the present day with the family finding out Chloe, the daughter. will be returning from her private college mid-semester for unknown reasons. Porter creates a mystery around this that carries through for most of the novel. Everyone, even the reader, is kept in the dark....more
Kristen
Aug 14, 2012 Kristen rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone
This novel is an impressive follow up to Porter’s first book, The Theory of Light and Matter. On its surface it’s a story about a family—a father, mother, son and daughter. The parents are divorced and the children have their own issues. The son is an aspiring poet with low self-confidence. The daughter is blinded by an infatuation with her college boyfriend. The parents’ lives are also far from perfect. The mother seems completely lost, torn between being a good mother to her children and tryin...more
Meghan
This was a very well written novel with a good plot and great characters. The four members of Porter's fictional Houston family are faced with more problems than most could handle and none of them gets off easy. I preferred the mother and daughter to the father and son but they all had their positive attributes and winning moments. I will be looking our for more from Porter and plan to read his first book.
Anthony
One of those books I literally stayed up all night to finish. The author, Andrew Porter, writes oddly simple but beautiful sentences. His characters are desperate in a way that makes you want to hug them but the story is so tense it keeps you turning the pages. I couldn't stop until I finished it.
Noelle
Psychologically complicated story about choices and consequences. Lots of cliffhangers that keep you turning the pages. Nice clear writing, memorable characters, a surprising if perplexing ending. 4 1/2 stars.
Chelsea
Not your typical family drama! Very well-written and fast-paced. I read it in one weekend and couldn't put it down. The characters stay with you for a long time afterward.
Jennifer
Loved this book about a family coming apart at the seams. Mom and Dad are divorced after decades of marriage, college graduate son lives at home and can't quite figure out what to do with his life other than party and debate whether or not to go to grad school, and college-age daughter just returned home from school after being expelled (or, "on an indefinite break") under circumstances that her parents don't quite understand and she refuses to elaborate on.

Daughter (Chloe) is in love for the fi...more
Sharon
Easily one of the best novels I’ve read this year! An engrossing, well written story about a family falling apart and coming together. Set in current day Houston, Texas, the story is told through the four perspectives of the four different family members. There isn’t really one main character. You have Elson, a failed architect in the middle of a mid-life crisis, his son Richard, a gay poet who seems just as lost as his father, and his wife, Cadence, who is trying to go back to college after rai...more
Lisa
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of this terrific debut novel by Andrew Porter, who won the Flannery O’Connor Award for his short story collection, The Theory of Light and Matter. Like Porter’s short stories, the writing in this book is spare and beautiful and the pace is fast and intense. The family at the center of this book is at a crossroads. I won’t give away any spoilers, but suffice it to say their problems don’t get any easier as the story unfolds. Porter is ski...more
Jen
This was the absolute perfect novel. It's well written, it's well revealed, it's pacing is perfect and you don't want to put it down. What is it about? It's about a family, dealing with a very dark period in their collective, and individual lives and how each one deals. It's universal in that Anna Karenina way of all unhappy families are the same, and then it's also completely individual. It's about losing yourself and finding yourself, it's about love lost and love gained, about the bonds betwe...more
Deborah Bluminberg
I cannot remember where I read the review of this book, but the review was much better than the book. I enjoyed the author's writing and use of prose. But, these characters were not people I cared about---the only one with some redeeming value was Richard, and even he was annoying in dealing with his sexuality. The parents' marriage is falling apart and I could see why. The action centered around the daughter, Chloe, in her junior year of college. I just wanted to slap her. This is a quick read...more
Diana
One of the few book I've read this year where the characters stick and I will most likely reflect on them again. Good story! (A week or so after reading this, I've upgraded from 4 to 5 stars. I'm still reflecting on the characters - which could be due to my own membership in the 40-something with grown teen demographic. But there is a mundane tragedy to these characters that still resonates post-read)and I can see a film
Mbholm02


One of the best books I've read in the past few months. The writing seemed sharper than much of what I've read lately and the perspective on 21st century family life was fresh. Looking forward to the next one by this author!
Marnie Kaplan
I'm still thinking about this finely drawn novel and it's characters a day after finishing. This novel made me feel every emotion for it's characters. At times I was jealous of them, at other moments I was angry with them, worried for them, and frustrated beyond belief with their choices. Early on in the novel, I felt a deep pull to discover what was really going on and to be further along; but at the end, I wished for even more pages and even more resolution.

In Between Days is a fascinating ac...more
Cameron
Andrew Porter can write the American family in a way few other can. He has a sympathy and understanding of his characters--even as he puts them through the grinder--that moves you through the novel not with them, but as them.

IN BETWEEN DAYS kept me on the edge of my seat, sometimes to the point of falling off. It's one of those books where you never know exactly what's going on, what's happened, or what's coming next.

A few times I had to put the book down and look around the room, to force mysel...more
Jessica
I loved Andrew Porter's short story collection, The Theory of Light and Matter, and this novel compliments it well. It's darker, more dramatic and more plot-driven than his stories but the style is similar. Porter writes eloquently in plain, simple language and has a subtle way of getting inside his characters heads and showing them to you. As a fan of short stories, I think I liked his collection a little better, but this is definitely a beautiful and moving book.
Brenda
This came recommended and did not disappoint. The plot was riveting and the characters were multidimensional and the family's journey and schism were artfully conveyed. I appreciated the implied commentary on middle-class American family life in the modern age and the political themes that the author weaves into the larger family story. Well written and smartly told...Recommended!
Susan
Excellent narrative flow. Maintained engagement and suspense (!) throughout the novel. Well-written, like his prior book of short stories. Sort of a classic narrative and yet totally contemporary with its uncertainties, the existential angst of the characters, and the unresolved sense of the world.
Joella Tunnell
A engrossing novel of a family - divorced parents, a son trying to find himself and the daughter, who gets kicked out of the university she is attending and how they all try to resolve their issues. Good book.
Jospeh
A fascinating examination of a Houston family's slow disintegration. Porter's writing is stark and hypnotic and the story moves along a nice clip thanks to the alternating point of view.
Michelle
This one I loved! Suspenseful family drama, beautifully written. Not a short book, but a quick read.
Мила
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За „американската мечта" копнее цял свят. В наше време тя се е превърнала в синоним на щастливия финал от приказките, но е възможна дори и без намесата на фея-кръстница. Писателите, които преди време са обичали да пишат как чрез честен труд и упоритост обикновените хора могат да я постигнат и да заживеят спокойно и щастливо, днес предпочитат да я правят на пух и прах, да разбиват на парчета самодоволното отражение на перфектното щастие. И да ни показват празнота...more
Alice Meloy
I hate how books like this make me feel – sort of like picking at a scab or chewing on an abscessed tooth. I couldn’t put it down, but it sure made me squirm. Porter’s spot-on depiction of the disintegration of a family has got to hit mighty close to home for many readers with young adult and twenty-something children, children because of whom we parents lie awake at night. So I can empathize with Cadence and Elson whose recent divorce has fractured the semblance of togetherness that they shared...more
Megan Jones
"Don't judge a book by its cover" they always say, so then I want to do just that. And yeah, the simplistic cover, with lush foliage and the solitary figure sitting by the pool was way too reminiscent of my favorite way to pass the summer days at my parents house, so I just HAD to read it. And I was NOT disappointed!! Porter had such an eloquent way of telling a story of suburban family that had elements of "typical" family life so delicately intertwined with details that revealed human struggle...more
Laura Hogensen
Like "Less Than Zero," but for the 'aughts - and far better written. Tells the story of a family that's caught in the days "in between" a divorce, a daughter's expulsion from college, and then evasion of the authorities, and a brother's life-defining career decision. Initially, you think that the story is about the divorce. In fact, the novel opens with the husband, Elson's, perspective. But the core of the novel is really about the relationship between Richard and his sister Chloe. This novel w...more
Dan Oko
Andrew Porter is a stylish writer, with a lot to say about contemporary urban, middle-class life. His forthcoming debut novel 'In Between Days' is set largely in Houston, and delves into the troubled life of the Harding family. I won't give much away, as there is a mystery at the heart of the novel, but I ding Porter points for the way the story unfolds as the action often strains belief. That's may seem an unfair criticism to level against a guy who writes with tremendous emotional honesty, but...more
Kaloyana
Харесвам книги, които третират проблемите в съвременния им вариант - самотата, очуждението, неспособността да останеш, когато имат нужда от теб и малодушието, когато си тръгваш, бягството от отговорност и криворазбраната такава. Защо... защо е толкова трудно да се разбираме със себеподобните, защо самотата е спасение, а не бреме? Защо човекът е социално животно, което линее в социума, който е създал? Защо страдаме от сбъднати си мечти? Защо е толкова труднопостижимо простото?
Разни такива работи...more
Martha
As much as I despised Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, I loved In Between Days by Andrew Porter.

This is a character driven story and while I didn't agree with or even understand the choices the characters made, I was compelled to stay with them through their journey. I needed and wanted to know where their decisions and choices would lead them. I actually felt as though Mr. Porter might have felt the same way while writing this. That he also didn't know where they were going. And I loved this about...more
Bmquiram
This book is interesting. I found the depths and layers the author gave the characters to be refreshing. I do not typically read family drama, so personally this book is not one I would call a favorite. If you are a fan of drama you will love this book. This book will make you think and may even elicit emotions from the reader.
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library
I've read several dysfunctional family stories recently that were pretty much carbon copies of each other. This one added more depth than the usual fare. The characters seemed real and not simply caricatures.
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Andrew Porter grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the youngest of three children. He received his B.A. in English from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of the short story collection, The Theory of Light and Matter (Vintage/Random House), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel, In Between...more
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“Ако не беше толкова мил, толкова внимателен, тя отдавна щеше да го е оставила, много преди нещата да станат сериозни, но нежността му я обезоръжава и я задържа. Кадънс имаше нужда от тази нежност, защото дълго време бе живяла без нея.” 3 likes
“В един момент щеше да му се наложи да признае пред света какъв е. Да признае и пред себе си, че иска да каже нещо на хората и иска те да го чуят. Дълго време неговата мантра беше „не ми пука“. Тази фраза го характеризираше като личност, позволяваше му да работи в кафене „Бразилия“ срещу минимално заплащане, да излиза с момчета, в които не беше влюбен, и да прахосва вечерите си на места като къщата на Бето. В много отношения щеше да му е по-лесно да продължи да живее както досега, да се разпилява всяка вечер в алко- холна мъгла и наркотици, да прекарва нощите си на поля- ните пред чуждите къщи, да пише просто за удоволствие, за запълване на времето, да казва на хората, че е Ричард Хардинг, завършил университет, но без работа и без перс- пектива. Естествено, не можеше да я кара така цял живот, но можеше да продължи поне през следващите няколко години. Междувременно щеше да се наслаждава на утехата от „не ми пука“ и на естетическата свобода, присъща за живота, изпълнен с невъздържаност от всякакъв род.” 2 likes
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