A Simple Thing: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Jul 24, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
20 Reviews
A Simple Thing is a lovely, truly heartwarming novel about the drastic measures two mothers take to keep their families safe. Kathleen McCleary, the critically acclaimed author of House and Home, tells the intertwining stories of Susannah Delaney and Betty Pavalak. Susannah moves her family to remote Sounder Island—a primitive retreat with no electricity—to escape television, the internet, and the dangerous, corrupting influences of the modern technological world. Decades earlier, Betty also came to the island to escape her demons. A Simple Thing is a poignant and unforgettable novel in the vein of Jacqueline Sheehan’s Lost and Found and The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache. It is a tale of family and friendship that Kristin Hannah fans will take into their hearts.
 

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User Review  - itsJUSTme - LibraryThing

I think this is going to be my favorite book of the year! This was an amazing story in so many ways. If you were to ask me "What kinds of books do you like?" I say - this kind! Beautiful writing ... Read full review

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When I first picked up this book I wondered if it was going to be one of those character-driven novels where there is a lot of talking, very little actually going on, and by the end of which you're ... Read full review

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Contents

Betty
2
Susannah
3
Susannah 2011
Betty 20111950
Susannah 2011
Betty 1952
Susannah 2011
Betty 1954
Betty 2011
Susannah 1978
Betty 1968
Susannah 2011
Betty 2011
Susannah 2011
Susannah 2011
Susannah 2011

Susannah 2011
Betty 1955
Susannah 2011
Betty 1956
Susannah 2011
Betty 1961
Susannah 2011
Betty 1962
Susannah 2011
Betty 1963
Susannah 2011
Susannah 2012
An Excerpt from Leaving Haven
Prologue
Chapter 1
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Also by Kathleen McCleary
Credits
Copyright About the Publisher
Copyright

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Kathleen McCleary is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Ladies' Home Journal, More, and Good Housekeeping. Her second novel, A Simple Thing (2012), was recently nominated for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards. She has taught writing as an adjunct professor at American University and now teaches with Writopia Labs. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

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