12/7 Ethan Joella with Stewart O'Nan

 

Pennsylvania native Ethan Joella will be joined by hometown favorite Stewart O'Nan to celebrate Joella's new novel, A QUIET LIFE

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From the author of A Little Hope—a Read with Jenna Bonus Pick—comes an enormously powerful and life-affirming novel about three individuals facing challenges and grappling with loss in his or her own way.

Chuck Ayers can’t decide if he should make the trip to Hilton Head this winter without his wife, Cat. Cat died in the spring, and though he cannot bear another moment of being alone in their home, the thought of making the familiar journey without her—not stopping at their favorite lunch spot or listening to her beloved Broadway tunes on the way, not sitting on the beach or playing cards once there—is unimaginable.

Ella Burke delivers newspapers and works at a bridal shop to pass the time while she waits for news—any piece of information—about her missing daughter. She adjusts to life in a new apartment and answers every call on her phone, thinking her daughter will reach out one day.

Kirsten Bonato works at an animal rescue shelter and thinks daily about her father who was killed in a convenience store robbery. Once on track to become a veterinarian, Kirsten now feels lost and unmoored. But her complicated feelings for two of her colleagues are a distraction from her pain.

The lives of these three individuals intersect in unforeseen ways, as each character bravely presses onward, trying to recover something they have lost. Tender, emotionally powerful, and infused with hope, A Quiet Life explores how grief shapes our choices and shows that no matter how dark the most difficult moments in life can be, our humanity and capacity for forgiveness shine through.

Ethan Joella grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania. He teaches English and psychology at the University of Delaware and specializes in community writing workshops and online instruction. His work has appeared in River Teeth, The Cimarron Review, The MacGuffin, Delaware Beach Life, and Third Wednesday. He lives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, with his wife and two daughters.

Stewart O’Nan’s award-winning fiction includes Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, and Emily, Alone. Granta named him one of America’s Best Young Novelists. He lives in Pittsburgh.

A Quiet Life: A Novel By Ethan Joella Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982190972
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Published: Scribner - November 29th, 2022

From the author of A Little Hopea Read with Jenna Bonus Pick—comes an enormously powerful and life-affirming novel about three individuals whose lives intersect in unforeseen ways.

Set in a close-knit Pennsylvania suburb in the grip of winter, A Quiet Life follows three people grappling with loss and finding a tender wisdom in their grief.


A Little Hope: A Novel By Ethan Joella Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982171209
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Published: Scribner - July 12th, 2022

A Read with Jenna Bonus Selection

An “immersive…illuminating” (Booklist) and life-affirming novel following the residents of an idyllic Connecticut town over the course of a year, A Little Hope explores the intertwining lives of a dozen neighbors as they confront everyday desires and fears: a lost love, a stalled career, an illness,


Ocean State By Stewart O'Nan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802159274
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Published: Grove Press - March 15th, 2022

Set in a working-class town on the Rhode Island coast, O'Nan's latest is a crushing, beautifully written, and profoundly compelling novel about sisters, mothers, and daughters, and the terrible things love makes us do.


Henry, Himself: A Novel By Stewart O'Nan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735223059
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Published: Penguin Books - April 7th, 2020

A member of the greatest generation looks back on the loves and losses of his past and comes to treasure the present anew in this poignant and thoughtful new novel from a modern master


West of Sunset: A Novel By Stewart O'Nan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143128243
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2015

A “mesmerizing and haunting” (The Boston Globe) novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last years in Hollywood

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to an asylum and his finances in ruin, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood.


Emily, Alone: A Novel By Stewart O'Nan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143120490
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

The moving companion novel to Henry, Himself and a bittersweet vision of love, family, and aging from bestselling author Stewart O'Nan


Last Night at the Lobster By Stewart O'Nan Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780143114420
Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2008

A frank and funny yet emotionally resonant tale set within a vivid work day world, from the author of Emily, Alone and Henry, Himself--named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly

A Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize


Wish You Were Here By Stewart O'Nan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802139894
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Published: Grove Press - April 7th, 2003

Award-winning writer Stewart O'Nan has been acclaimed by critics as one of the most accomplished novelists writing today. Now comes his finest and most complete novel to date.