News of Our Loved Ones

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Harper Perennial
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5.4 X 8.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Abigail DeWitt is the author of three novels: LILI (WW Norton), DOGS (Lorimer Press), and NEWS OF OUR LOVED ONES (forthcoming from Harper in 2018). Her short fiction has appeared in Five Points, Witness, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has been cited in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, nominated for a Pushcart, and has received grants and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, the McColl Center for the Arts, and the Michener Society.


"Compelling...The experiences, perspectives, and secrets of a French family during the Nazi occupation and after World War II... The novel successfully portrays the indelible impact of the war on people who lived through it." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Abigail DeWitt shows how one generation's experience is transferred to the next generation. News of Our Loved Ones is a war story that studies the war with the help of the psychological scars its victims suffer from. It is absolutely mesmerizing." -- Washington Book Review, "Best Novels to Read This Fall"

"In an age of novels where not much happens, DeWitt packs in enough narrative in a short space that would normally keep a multi-volume series running for years. News of Our Loved Ones ponders questions of love, loss, family and the long-reaching impact of war." -- Wilmington Star News

"An effective and affecting tale of wartime loss and the way that weight of sorrow is held through generations...DeWitt writes in spare prose and has a knack for lovely turns of phrase...Moving." -- Publishers Weekly

"What a beautiful, haunting novel Abigail DeWitt gives us...These are stories of love and great loss, of memory, of scars, of the devastating force that is war...of how people and families endure, keep going and find new reasons to live...DeWitt writes beautifully, poetically, with great attention to detail that brings the scenes to life and makes the memories and emotions all the more poignant...a book to be savored." -- Greensboro News & Record

"News of Our Loved Ones is beautifully written work, that untangles the fabric of family, and follows each thread through time, to where meaning is forged from chaos." -- Simon Van Booy, award-winning author of Father's Day

"DeWitt's beautiful and honest novel captures the full force of families spanning decades, wars, and oceans. Each character offers up shards of their existence until a radiant mosaic of deep longing, personal mythmaking, and remarkable endurance emerges. These characters brave the search for love, decency, and peace alongside the specter of loss. Yet the driving mystery here is not how sorrow hews us through time, but the resurgent heart's ability to pass so much light from one generation to the next. This powerful book will imprint itself on readers." -- Devin Murphy, national bestselling author of The Boat Runner

"Told in multiple voices and spanning generations, Abigail DeWitt's News of Our Loved Ones is a novel of astounding beauty, empathy, and eloquence. 'Most of the world will be too young to imagine that you ever really has a life, ' laments one character. But that is not the case: here is life. And here is a book that belongs on the shelf with Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française, Mohsin Hamid's Exit West, and all of our other great works of war and peace."
-- Mark Powell, author of Small Treasons

"Abigail DeWitt's News of Our Loved Ones is a story of old Europe, of a tumultuous time that shifted borders, loyalties, and family order. But it is also an enduring story of love, secrets, denial, and redemption. Each word she writes is imbued with beauty: what emerges is a delicate tableau of darkness and light; village dusks and impulsive chances. Above all, it's a story of a strong woman, a free woman, and her fractured memories. If Simone de Beauvoir were alive today, she would write like this." -- Janine Di Giovanni, author of The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria

"Lyrical and haunting." -- Lilith