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Destined to be a classic, this powerfully moving Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding, multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a masterwork. Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End. Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks shes found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesnt aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream.

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