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"A brilliant, thoughtful novel that comes with perhaps the greatest shocker in recent literature (no spoiler alert) . A superb meditation on loneliness and community." - Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Our Country FriendsA tour-de-force novel about love, the yearning for connection, and the ways in which childhood trauma plays out in adult life.When introverted Ethan Fawcett marries Barb, he has every reason to believe he will be delivered from a lifetime of solitude. One day Barb brings home two young brothers, Tommy and Sam, for them to foster, and when the pandemic hits, Ethan becomes obsessed with providing a perfect life for the boys. Instead of bringing Barb and Ethan closer together, though, the boys become a wedge in their relationship, as Ethan is unable to share with Barb a secret that has been haunting him since childhood.



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