Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The O'Briens

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The O'Briens by Peter Behrens

Pantheon, March 6, 2012


An unforgettable saga of love, loss, and exhilarating change spanning half a century in the lives of a restless family.

The O’Briens is a family story unlike any you have read, a tale that pours straight from the heart of a splendid, tragic, ambitious clan. In Joe O’Brien—backwoods boy, railroad magnate, patriarch, brooding soul—Peter Behrens gives us a fiercely compelling character who exchanges isolation and poverty in the Canadian wilds for a share in the dazzling possibilities and consuming sorrows of the twentieth century. When Joe meets Iseult Wilkins in Venice-by-the-Sea, California, the story of their courtship—told in Behrens’s gorgeous, honed style—becomes the first movement in a symphony of the generations. The O’Briens is the story of a marriage and a family moving through history—from the first flying machines, through two world wars, to the election of JFK—told with epic precision and wondrous imagination.

What are you "waiting on" this Wednesday?


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  2. I love that time period - I bet that book is great!

  3. haven't heard of that one before!

    stop by my post? I have a giveaway! :)

  4. Thanks! 1st US review: Peter Behren’s THE O’BRIENS is a graceful and violent epic, “a piece of rough beauty.” Starred

  5. Invitation: Peter Behrens launches his new novel, The O'Briens. Tuesday, March 6th 2012 at 7:30pm. at The Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street.