The sweetest days

by Hough, John, 1946-

Format: Print Book 2021
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This "gorgeous and heartbreaking" (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author) portrait of marriage explores the long union of a middle-aged couple as they grapple with secrets, illness, and loyalty from the author of the "original, profound novel" (Lee Smith, author of On Agate Hill ) Seen the Glory .

Pete and Jackie were high school sweethearts. Everyone expected them to marry immediately but an explosive incident tore them apart before graduation. It took years for the two to heal and finally come back together. Now, decades later, they face an uncertain future with their only child out on her own and alarming news about Jackie's health.

Determined to stay positive, the two travel to their Cape hometown for a book signing of Pete's debut novel. But when a disastrous encounter in the bookstore with an old classmate brings their long relationship to the breaking point, they are forced to examine their marriage and explore their deepest feelings.

A "riveting exploration of the challenges and complexities of a long, loving marriage" (Stephen McCauley, author of My Ex-Life ), The Sweetest Days is a rich, vivid, and enthralling look at the roads taken and not taken in love and life.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Hough's evocative if uneven domestic tragedy (after Little Bighorn), a former high school football star turned reporter and speechwriter returns to his Cape Cod hometown to give a reading from his first novel. Pete Hatch's wife, Jackie, who has been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, accompanies him. Pete and Jackie were high school sweethearts whose first stab at romance ended with Pete's mysterious disappearance following his participation with SNCC in a boycott of a white-owned grocery store in the Jim Crow South, which Jackie refused to join because of her father's pro-segregation views. Hough weaves back and forth between the present-day visit on the Cape--during which Pete and Jackie drink amply and visit her father--and the events of the past, leading to the reveal of why Pete was sent abroad as well as his eventual, coincidental reunion with Jackie in Boston. Everything is brought out in the open at the bookstore where Pete gives the reading. While the writing is spare and seamless, the flashbacks can feel overwhelming. Additionally, some readers may balk at some of Pete's narration, such as "Her breasts would have been the pride of any woman her age." Hough is without doubt a proficient craftsman, but this one misses the mark. Agent: BJ Robbins, BJ Robbins Literary. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Married people -- Fiction.
Novelists -- Fiction.
Empty nesters -- Fiction.
Cape Cod (Mass.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 339 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781982159566
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