About The World Without You:
It's July 4, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending upon their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. They have gathered to memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings and an intrepid journalist killed on that day in 2004, while on assignment in Iraq. But Leo’s parents are adrift in a grief that’s tearing apart their forty-year marriage, his sisters are struggling with their own difficulties, and his widow has arrived from California bearing a secret. Here award-winning writer Joshua Henkin unfolds this family story, as, over the course of three days, the Frankels contend with sibling rivalries and marital feuds, with volatile women and silent men — and, ultimately, with the true meaning of family.
Praise for The World Without You:
“Insightful. . . . Poignant. . . . Elegant.” -The New York Times Book Review
“A wonderful novel. . . . I just love it.” -Anne Lamott, The Miami Herald
“Moving.” -O, The Oprah Magazine
“A keenly observed and compassionate novel. . . . Tenderness spills from these pages.” -Entertainment Weekly
“[A] densely detailed and touching portrait.” -People
“[Henkin] grounds his novel in both time and place, creating a living, breathing world. . . . Gorgeously written.” -The Boston Globe
“Few American novelists, living or dead, have ever been as good as Henkin at drawing people.” -Commentary Magazine
Joshua Henkin is the author of the novels Swimming Across the Hudson (a Los Angeles Times Notable Book) and Matrimony (a New York Times Notable Book). His stories have been published widely, cited for distinction in Best American Short Stories, and broadcast on NPR’s Selected Shorts. He directs the MFA Program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.