Inside (Borzoi Books)

  • Publish Date: 2012-06-05
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Alix Ohlin

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A skillful storyteller . . . attractively quick-witted and wry. J. M. Coetzee
Ohlin has a great eye, a great ear, and all the other equipment auguring a very successful future.Jay McInerney
Expect to hear her spoken of in the same reverent breath as Lorrie Moore and Joy Williams. Heidi Julavits

From the highly acclaimed author of The Missing Person and Babylon and Other Stories, a resonant novel of entwined lives and a woman with an unsettling ability to broach the innermost dynamics of the people around her.
When Grace, an exceedingly competent and devoted therapist in Montreal, stumbles across a man who has just failed to hang himself, her instinct to help kicks in immediately. Before long, however, she realizes that her feelings for this charismatic, extremely guarded stranger are far from straightforward. In the meantime, her troubled teenage patient, Annie, runs away from home and soon will reinvent herself in New York as an aspiring and ruthless actress, as unencumbered as humanly possible by any personal attachments. And Mitch, Graces ex-husband, who is a therapist as well, leaves the woman hes desperately in love with to attend to a struggling native community in the bleak Arctic. We follow these four compelling, complex characters from Montreal and New York to Hollywood and Rwanda, each of them with a consciousness that is utterly distinct and urgently convincing. With razor-sharp emotional intelligence, Inside poignantly explores the many dangers as well as the imperative of making ourselves available toand responsible forthose dearest to us.

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