A NovelBook - 2014
"It was probably because I was so often taken away from Cambridge when I was young that I loved it as much as I did . . ."
London, Florence, Athens: Susanna, a precocious young girl growing up in 1950s Cambridge , would rather be home than in any of these places. Uprooted from the streets around Harvard Square, she feels lost and excluded in all the far-flung cities to which her father's career takes the family. She always comes home with relief--but soon enough wonders if outsiderness may be her permanent condition.
Written with a sharp eye for the pretensions--and charms--of the intellectual classes, Cambridge captures the mores of an era now past, the ordinary lives of extraordinary people in a singular part of America, and the ways we can--and cannot--go home.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014