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The News from the End of the World
by Emily Jeanne Miller

Published: 2017-02-21
Hardcover : 288 pages
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Meet the lovable but dysfunctional Lake family over the four days that will make or break them
 
When Vance Lake—broke, jobless, and recently dumped—takes refuge with twin brother Craig back home on Cape Cod, he unwittingly finds himself smack in the middle of a crisis that would ...
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Meet the lovable but dysfunctional Lake family over the four days that will make or break them
 
When Vance Lake—broke, jobless, and recently dumped—takes refuge with twin brother Craig back home on Cape Cod, he unwittingly finds himself smack in the middle of a crisis that would test the bonds of even the most cohesive family, let alone the Lakes. Craig is strangely mournful and angry at equal turns. His exasperated wife, Gina, is on the brink of an affair. At the center of it all is seventeen-year-old Amanda: adored niece, rebellious daughter, and stubborn stepdaughter. She’s also pregnant.

Told in alternating points of view by each member of this colorful New England clan, and infused with the quiet charm of the Cape in the off-season, The News from the End of the World follows one family into a crucible of pent-up resentments, old and new secrets, and memories long buried. Only by coming to terms with their pasts, both separately and together, do they stand a chance of emerging intact.

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1) One of the main characters, Amanda, is seventeen and pregnant, and decides to have an abortion. How important did you think it was to include the other family members’ opinions on her decision in the story?

2) What do you think family dramas might say about our larger social and cultural world?

3) The book is set in the off-season on Cape Cod. Why do you think the author chose this time and place?

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  "the news from the end of the world"by Carolynr (see profile) 11/13/17

When Vance Lake—broke, jobless, and recently dumped—takes refuge with twin brother Craig back home on Cape Cod, he unwittingly finds himself smack in the middle of a crisis that would te... (read more)

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