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ANN LEARY is the New York Times bestselling author of The Good House, and two previous books, An Innocent, A Broad and Outtakes from a Marriage.She has written short fiction and essays for the New York Times, Ploughshares, NPR's "You Must Read This," among various others. Ms. Leary lives with her family in northwestern Connecticut.

Reviews

I loved this crumbling lakeside home, the family cracked at its foundation, and the strange intruders chipping away at everyone's peace of mind. Ann Leary's compelling tale is satisfyingly layered with unreliable witnesses and betrayals large and small; in which the worst harm may not be caused by an unknown stranger. Helen Simonson, author of "Major Pettigrew s Last Stand"

With a deft, sure touch, Ann Leary moves easily and confidently between comedy and pathos, painting a rich portrait of a wealthy, eccentric Connecticut family whose conflicts and loyalties are far more complex than they first appear. As the story unfolds, it becomes a profound meditation on the burden of expectations, familial ties that bind, and the explosive nature of buried secrets. Christina Baker Kline, author of "Orphan Train"

In this deeply satisfying novel about how unknowable people can be, intrigue builds with glass shards of dark humor toward an ending that is far from comic. Kirkus, starred review

" The Children "is populated by comically quirky characters reminiscent of Anne Tyler at her best. But in Ann Leary's capable hands, they come alive as funny, wise, sometimes confused but always hopeful as they navigate a plot rich with unexpected turns. Leary's unique voice and perspective make this the novel you won't be able to put down this summer. Ann Hood, author of "The Obituary Writer"

Praise for "The Good House"

Leary writes with humor and insight, revealing both the pure pleasure of drinking and the lies and justifications of alcoholism, the warmth Hildy feels toward others when she drinks and the desperation that makes her put alcohol before the people she loves. The result is a layered and complex portrait of a woman struggling with addiction, in a town where no secret stays secret for long. "The New York Times Book Review"

Fresh, sharp and masterfully told. Hildy s tale is as intoxicating as it is sobering. "People "(4 stars)

Hildy is an original, irresistibly likable and thoroughly untrustworthy a genuinely funny novel about alcoholism. "Kirkus," starred review

Leary gleefully peels back the pretensions that so often accompany portraits of ye olde Americana, peering through the shingles to reveal a lobster pot s worth of ensnared ties between townies and the newly entitled. . . . "The Good House "is a good read. "USA Today"
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With a deft, sure touch, Ann Leary moves easily and confidently between comedy and pathos, painting a rich portrait of a wealthy, eccentric Connecticut family whose conflicts and loyalties are far more complex than they first appear. As the story unfolds, it becomes a profound meditation on the burden of expectations, familial ties that bind, and the explosive nature of buried secrets. Christina Baker Kline, author of "Orphan Train"

I loved this crumbling lakeside home, the family cracked at its foundation, and the strange intruders chipping away at everyone's peace of mind. Ann Leary's compelling tale is satisfyingly layered with unreliable witnesses and betrayals large and small; in which the worst harm may not be caused by an unknown stranger. Helen Simonson, author of "Major Pettigrew s Last Stand"

In this deeply satisfying novel about how unknowable people can be, intrigue builds with glass shards of dark humor toward an ending that is far from comic. Kirkus, starred review

" The Children "is populated by comically quirky characters reminiscent of Anne Tyler at her best. But in Ann Leary's capable hands, they come alive as funny, wise, sometimes confused but always hopeful as they navigate a plot rich with unexpected turns. Leary's unique voice and perspective make this the novel you won't be able to put down this summer. Ann Hood, author of "The Obituary Writer"

"[Leary's] characters are a delightful blend of strong personalities, all with their own little touch of delicious evil, and her darkly comic send-ups of New England wealth, nouveau riche, and Internet culture should keep readers absorbed until the final, most shocking secrets are revealed."" "Publishers Weekly

"A witty, touching, unputdownable novel." "Good Housekeeping"

A fast-paced, darkly funny novel. " Popsugar"

"A read-in-one-sitting romp, Leary s wry and searing satire of affluence and elitism comically yet steadily builds to a sobering and malevolent finale." "Booklist"

"No one does the unreliable female narrator like Ann Leary...A cautionary fairy tale about what happens when you think you re irrelevantly above it all. "Lit Hub"

"Leary has a gift for creating compelling, layered characters, and the structure and pacing of this novel are remarkable. "Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram"

"Ann Leary s latest novel, "The Children," delivers the same page-turning story telling and complexity of characters as her last book, "The Good House."..As always, Leary makes dysfunction, pathology and even tragedy completely compelling." "The ""Huffington Post"

Great fun. "PEOPLE "

As in "The Good House," the details in Leary s characters are bright. "The New York Times Book Review"

"Leary commands every scene with the poise of a practiced storyteller who has mastered the timing required to craft narrative tension, punctuated throughout by precise and intentional reveals." "Ploughshares "

Praise for "The Good House"

Leary writes with humor and insight, revealing both the pure pleasure of drinking and the lies and justifications of alcoholism, the warmth Hildy feels toward others when she drinks and the desperation that makes her put alcohol before the people she loves. The result is a layered and complex portrait of a woman struggling with addiction, in a town where no secret stays secret for long. "The New York Times Book Review"

Fresh, sharp and masterfully told. Hildy s tale is as intoxicating as it is sobering. "People "(4 stars)

Hildy is an original, irresistibly likable and thoroughly untrustworthy a genuinely funny novel about alcoholism. "Kirkus," starred review

Leary gleefully peels back the pretensions that so often accompany portraits of ye olde Americana, peering through the shingles to reveal a lobster pot s worth of ensnared ties between townies and the newly entitled. . . . "The Good House "is a good read. "USA Today"
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"Leary has a gift for creating compelling, layered characters, and the structure and pacing of this novel are remarkable." "The Fort Worth Star-Telegram""


With a deft, sure touch, Ann Leary moves easily and confidently between comedy and pathos, painting a rich portrait of a wealthy, eccentric Connecticut family whose conflicts and loyalties are far more complex than they first appear. As the story unfolds, it becomes a profound meditation on the burden of expectations, familial ties that bind, and the explosive nature of buried secrets. Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

I loved this crumbling lakeside home, the family cracked at its foundation, and the strange intruders chipping away at everyone's peace of mind. Ann Leary's compelling tale is satisfyingly layered with unreliable witnesses and betrayals large and small; in which the worst harm may not be caused by an unknown stranger. Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew s Last Stand

In this deeply satisfying novel about how unknowable people can be, intrigue builds with glass shards of dark humor toward an ending that is far from comic. Kirkus, starred review

The Children is populated by comically quirky characters reminiscent of Anne Tyler at her best. But in Ann Leary's capable hands, they come alive as funny, wise, sometimes confused but always hopeful as they navigate a plot rich with unexpected turns. Leary's unique voice and perspective make this the novel you won't be able to put down this summer. Ann Hood, author of The Obituary Writer

"[Leary's] characters are a delightful blend of strong personalities, all with their own little touch of delicious evil, and her darkly comic send-ups of New England wealth, nouveau riche, and Internet culture should keep readers absorbed until the final, most shocking secrets are revealed." Publishers Weekly

"A witty, touching, unputdownable novel." Good Housekeeping

A fast-paced, darkly funny novel. Popsugar

"A read-in-one-sitting romp, Leary s wry and searing satire of affluence and elitism comically yet steadily builds to a sobering and malevolent finale." Booklist

"No one does the unreliable female narrator like Ann Leary...A cautionary fairy tale about what happens when you think you re irrelevantly above it all. Lit Hub

"Leary has a gift for creating compelling, layered characters, and the structure and pacing of this novel are remarkable. Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

"Ann Leary s latest novel, The Children, delivers the same page-turning story telling and complexity of characters as her last book, The Good House...As always, Leary makes dysfunction, pathology and even tragedy completely compelling." The Huffington Post

Great fun. PEOPLE

As in The Good House, the details in Leary s characters are bright. The New York Times Book Review

"Leary commands every scene with the poise of a practiced storyteller who has mastered the timing required to craft narrative tension, punctuated throughout by precise and intentional reveals." Ploughshares


Praise for The Good House

Leary writes with humor and insight, revealing both the pure pleasure of drinking and the lies and justifications of alcoholism, the warmth Hildy feels toward others when she drinks and the desperation that makes her put alcohol before the people she loves. The result is a layered and complex portrait of a woman struggling with addiction, in a town where no secret stays secret for long. The New York Times Book Review

Fresh, sharp and masterfully told. Hildy s tale is as intoxicating as it is sobering. People (4 stars)

Hildy is an original, irresistibly likable and thoroughly untrustworthy a genuinely funny novel about alcoholism. Kirkus, starred review

Leary gleefully peels back the pretensions that so often accompany portraits of ye olde Americana, peering through the shingles to reveal a lobster pot s worth of ensnared ties between townies and the newly entitled. . . . The Good House is a good read. USA Today

"Leary has a gift for creating compelling, layered characters, and the structure and pacing of this novel are remarkable." The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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"With a deft, sure touch, Ann Leary moves easily and confidently between comedy and pathos, painting a rich portrait of a wealthy, eccentric Connecticut family whose conflicts and loyalties are far more complex than they first appear. As the story unfolds, it becomes a profound meditation on the burden of expectations, familial ties that bind, and the explosive nature of buried secrets." --Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

"I loved this crumbling lakeside home, the family cracked at its foundation, and the strange intruders chipping away at everyone's peace of mind. Ann Leary's compelling tale is satisfyingly layered with unreliable witnesses and betrayals large and small; in which the worst harm may not be caused by an unknown stranger." --Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

"In this deeply satisfying novel about how unknowable people can be, intrigue builds with glass shards of dark humor toward an ending that is far from comic." --Kirkus, starred review

"The Children is populated by comically quirky characters reminiscent of Anne Tyler at her best. But in Ann Leary's capable hands, they come alive as funny, wise, sometimes confused but always hopeful as they navigate a plot rich with unexpected turns. Leary's unique voice and perspective make this the novel you won't be able to put down this summer." --Ann Hood, author of The Obituary Writer

"[Leary's] characters are a delightful blend of strong personalities, all with their own little touch of delicious evil, and her darkly comic send-ups of New England wealth, nouveau riche, and Internet culture should keep readers absorbed until the final, most shocking secrets are revealed." --Publishers Weekly

"A witty, touching, unputdownable novel." --Good Housekeeping

"A fast-paced, darkly funny novel." --Popsugar

"A read-in-one-sitting romp, Leary's wry and searing satire of affluence and elitism comically yet steadily builds to a sobering and malevolent finale." --Booklist

"No one does the unreliable female narrator like Ann Leary...A cautionary fairy tale about what happens when you think you're irrelevantly above it all." --Lit Hub

"Leary has a gift for creating compelling, layered characters, and the structure and pacing of this novel are remarkable." --Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

"Ann Leary's latest novel, The Children, delivers the same page-turning story telling and complexity of characters as her last book, The Good House...As always, Leary makes dysfunction, pathology and even tragedy completely compelling." --The Huffington Post

"Great fun." --PEOPLE

"As in The Good House, the details in Leary's characters are bright." --The New York Times Book Review

"Leary commands every scene with the poise of a practiced storyteller who has mastered the timing required to craft narrative tension, punctuated throughout by precise and intentional reveals."--Ploughshares


Praise for The Good House

"Leary writes with humor and insight, revealing both the pure pleasure of drinking and the lies and justifications of alcoholism, the warmth Hildy feels toward others when she drinks and the desperation that makes her put alcohol before the people she loves. The result is a layered and complex portrait of a woman struggling with addiction, in a town where no secret stays secret for long." - The New York Times Book Review

"Fresh, sharp and masterfully told. Hildy's tale is as intoxicating as it is sobering." ---People (4 stars)

"Hildy is an original, irresistibly likable and thoroughly untrustworthy ... a genuinely funny novel about alcoholism." --Kirkus, starred review

"Leary gleefully peels back the pretensions that so often accompany portraits of ye olde Americana, peering through the shingles to reveal a lobster pot's worth of ensnared ties between townies and the newly entitled. . . . The Good House is a good read." --USA Today

"Leary has a gift for creating compelling, layered characters, and the structure and pacing of this novel are remarkable." --The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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