Welcome Home, Stranger


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6.2 X 8.9 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Kate Christensen, an American novelist, wrote In the Drink, Jeremy Thrane, The Epicure's Lament, and Trouble. She won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for her fourth novel, The Great Man. Her writings have appeared in various publications, including the bestselling anthology The Bitch in the House. She is a graduate of Reed College and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She lives in New Hampshire.


"Kate Christensen's new novel, Welcome Home, Stranger, is a revelation, offering characters as real as your family and friends, a rich, vividly drawn setting, grab-you-by-the-throat drama and always, lurking in the shadows, a fierce authorial intelligence. What more could you ask?" -- Richard Russo, author of Somebody's Fool

"A fantastic study in loss--the grief kind and the yearning too, oh my god the yearning! Plus menopause. Plus Portland, Maine. I loved it." -- Catherine Newman, author of We All Want Impossible Things

"To the great literature of going home again we can now add Kate Christensen's superb new novel Welcome Home, Stranger, a triumph of intelligence and wit (which will surprise none of her many fans). The prodigal here is a brilliant journalist grieving the loss of a very difficult mother while attempting peace with those she left behind: a resentful sister and an ex-lover who can be neither trusted nor forgotten. A spellbinding book from one of our best chroniclers of the very American struggle to strive for excellence while still living in community with others." -- Ann Packer, author of The Children's Crusade

"Rachel Calloway is a compelling heroine for the present moment--angry, honest, independent, witty, brilliant, and in pain. She sometimes makes impulsive choices, but her integrity is always intact. This is the most contemporary novel I have ever read, and I immersed myself in Rachel's Portland, Maine, her family and friends, her knowledge of coming climate catastrophes, and her confusion about where home is for her. Then suddenly, I realized that I was reading about the entire human condition, portrayed in crystal sentences I will return to many times. Welcome Home, Stranger is a novel for now and for the ages." -- Alice Elliott Dark, author of Fellowship Point and In the Gloaming

"Christensen is a psychological Geiger-counter, registering every particle of emotion; a wizard at dialogue and redolent settings, and an intrepid choreographer of confoundment. From gasp-inducing absurdities and betrayals to a profound sense of our paralysis in the glare of climate change to a full-on embrace of family, love, home, and decency, Christensen's whirligig tale leaves readers dizzy with fresh and provocative insights." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Few writers have a wit as razor sharp as Kate Christensen's . . . . Her new novel follows an environmental journalist as she returns to her small Maine hometown after the death of her mother, and grapples with grief, family, and aging. I would trust no less deft a hand than Christensen's to manage the balance of humor, devastation, and squabbling." -- Literary Hub

"A satisfying, intimate novel about complicated people at middle age, coming to terms with lost love, and the ghosts who shaped your life." -- Boston Globe

"Christensen skillfully portrays the issues at play in many families: there are deep bonds, but also deep resentments, 'volcanic' emotions, and decades-old misunderstandings. The character Lucie, an immature, thwarted tyrant, is particularly well drawn. Readers in search of an engrossing family drama will find much to like." -- Publishers Weekly