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Commuters by Emily Gray Tedrowe
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Aug 08, 2012

it was amazing

“Tedrowe...shows great promise in her compassionate, nuanced depiction of love--among the old and young alike--and her confident handling of alternating, multigenerational narrators.” --Publisher's Weekly

“Tedrowe is an exceptionally adept first-time novelist, creating a thoroughly engrossing plot, redolent settings, and intriguing characters coping valiantly with fear, terrible decisions, and the bewitchment of money. Tedrowe’s tale of family conflict, shelter, love, and loss is suspenseful, funny, and tender.” --Booklist

“In her wonderfully cohesive debut novel, short-story writer Tedrowe graduates to elegant novelist with a winding, convincing familial drama about the ties that bind and the bonds that bend to the breaking point....From her first steps into the story, Winnie is the most winning member of a multifaceted cast....the author’s deft handling of a large and distinctive cast should win raves from those who revel in this sort of ensemble crazy quilt. A lovely and literate family drama that wins bonus points for its sincerity and open-hearted delivery.” --Kirkus

“[Has] the tenderness, imagination and perspicacity of the best fiction....Judgments change. Assumptions are challenged. Justice is done where it matters. --Chicago Tribune

"The story is told in a precise style, clear as glass, with unnerving insights about what people will do for love and the unexpected anger that can be prompted by a spouse’s illness." --Chicago Sun-Times

“The reader feels sympathy for Tedrowe's characters, even when they behave badly, and through the various threads, Tedrowe reminds us that love transcends social and monetary boundaries....This New England family drama will be a good book club selection.” --Library Journal

“Tedrowe writes beautifully about money. Reading these absorbing pages, I couldn't help longing for each of her richly imagined characters to get his or her heart's desire. A deeply satisfying debut.” --Margot Livesey, author of THE HOUSE ON FORTUNE STREET

"Fantastic. This is the kind of book you would imagine Virginia Woolf might write were she with us is the 21st century: brand new, relentlessly funny, deeply insightful, and fearless in its exploration of people's private lives." -- Patrick Sommerville, author of THE CRADLE

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