By Ann Packer

From New York Times bestselling, award-winning writer Ann Packer, a “tour de strength kinfolk drama” (Elle) that explores the secrets and techniques and needs, the remnant wounds and saving graces of 1 California kinfolk, over the process 5 decades.

Bill Blair unearths the land by chance, 3 wooded acres in a country neighborhood south of San Francisco. The yr is 1954, lengthy sooner than an individual will name this region Silicon Valley. Struck through a imaginative and prescient of his destiny relatives, invoice buys the valuables and proposes to Penny Greenway, a girl whose craving angle towards existence appeals to him. In under a decade they've got 4 young children. but Penny is a mercurial housewife, beaten and undersatisfied, chafing on the conventions confining her.

Years later, the 3 oldest Blair youngsters, adults now and nonetheless residing close to the kin domestic, are disrupted by way of the go back of the youngest, whose unexpected presence units off a fight over the family’s destiny. one after the other, they inform their tales, which display Packer’s “great compassion for her characters, with their historic accidents, their blundering wishes. the way in which she tangles their views completely, painfully captures the tumult of selves inside a kin” (MORE Magazine).

Reviewers have praised Ann Packer’s “brilliant ear for personality” (The big apple occasions booklet Review) and her “naturalist’s vigilance for aspect, in order that her characters look saw instead of invented” (The New Yorker). Her skills are on fabulous demonstrate in The Children’s Crusade, “an soaking up novel that celebrates relatives whilst it catalogs its damages” (People, ebook of the Week). this can be a “superb storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle), Ann Packer’s such a lot deeply affecting e-book but, “tragic and completely engrossing” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

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