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The violet hour : a novel

by Hill, Katherine, 1982-

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 9 copies
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Brentwood Library Fiction FICTION Hill
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A pitch-perfect, emotionally riveting debut novel about the fracturing of a marriage and a family--from an award-winning young writer with superb storytelling instincts.

A pitch-perfect, emotionally riveting debut novel about the fracturing of a marriage and a family - from an award-winning young writer with superb storytelling instincts.

Life hasn't always been perfect for Abe and Cassandra Green, but an afternoon on the San Francisco Bay might be as good as it gets. Abe is a rheumatologist, piloting his coveted new boat. Cassandra is a sculptor, finally gaining modest attention for her art. Their beautiful daughter, Elizabeth, is heading to Harvard in the fall. Somehow, they've made things work. But then, out of nowhere, they plunge into a terrible fight. Cassandra has been unfaithful. In a fit of fury, Abe throws himself off the boat.

A love story that begins with the end of a marriage, The Violet Hour follows a modern family through past and present, from the funeral home in the Washington suburbs where Cassandra and her siblings grow up to the San Francisco public health clinic where Abe and Cassandra first meet. As the Greens navigate the passage of time--the expectations of youth, the concessions of middle age, the headiness of desire, the bitterness of loss--they must come to terms with the fragility of their intimacy, the strange legacies they inherit from their parents, and the kind of people they want to be. Exquisitely written, The Violet Hour is the deeply moving story of a family suddenly ripped apart, but then just possibly reborn.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "How does a marriage fall apart? Hill's first novel mines the lives of her characters in an attempt to answer this question. Beginning at the end of Cassandra and Abe's relationship, the story opens with the two on an afternoon sailing trip with their teenage daughter, Elizabeth. Suddenly, when Abe discovers that Cassandra has been unfaithful, the marriage implodes; Abe erupts in a fit of anger and jumps ship, leaving mother and daughter to navigate their way through San Francisco Bay without him. The novel then oscillates between the beginning of the couple's relationship and forward to the death of Elizabeth's father in Maryland, exploring moments throughout the pair's lives that seem both momentous and inconsequential. Hill handles the intimacy of family ties with care and tenderness. Readers who enjoyed Jonathan Franzen's Freedom (2010) will relate as Hill's characters similarly and systematically unravel from each other.--Paulson, Heather Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This debut novel begins strikingly: after an argument with his wife while they are sailing in the San Francisco Bay, Abe Green dives off the boat and swims away-for eight years. The Violet Hour, the title a reference to the evening that draws a sailor homeward in T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, chronicles just such a metaphoric journey for Abe, his unfaithful wife Cassandra, a sculptor, and their daughter, Elizabeth. After Abe's dramatic plunge, the story skips forward nearly a decade to the sudden death of Cassandra's father, an esteemed mortician in Bethesda, then flits back and forth across time to Abe and Cassandra's courtship, to Cassandra's infidelities, and to Elizabeth's young adulthood as a medical student and lover first to Kyle, then briefly to the enigmatic Toby. In flashbacks we witness both Elizabeth and earlier, Cassandra, being taken to see bodies lying in wait in the basement of the family funeral home-in one particularly striking scene, Cassandra, whose father recognized her artistic talent, is asked while still a child to paint the face of a dead woman to prepare it for viewing. This is an affecting tale about decent but flawed people-the volatile Cassandra, blazing with helplessness and grief; literal Abe, good at doctoring but bad at messes, and Elizabeth, desperate to find a way to help her parents remember their strengths as they each seek their own violet hours of self-knowledge and forgiveness. Agent: Jim Rutman, Sterling Lord Literastic. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Marriage -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :2013
Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 354 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781476710327 (hardcover)
1476710325 (hardcover)
9781476710334 (paperback)
1476710333 (paperback)
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