The Heights: A Novel (Paperback)

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For those of us who believe our own families supremely abnormal,
bordering on crazy, and definitely dysfunctional, rest assured: we are
not alone. Wade Rouse's latest memoir is poignant and filled with humor,
but most of all a perfectly spun tale of the modern family. Rouse
reflects upon the holidays and memorable occasions shared with family
and friends spanning youth to adulthood that have also come to define
the American experience for many of us. Each tale is spun in the style
we have come to know as uniquely Rouse - filled with wit and insight
into the psyche. I highly recommend both this and his previous memoir At
Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream.

— Bess

March 2010 Indie Next List

“Peter Hedges latest novel is set in Brookly Heights, and it tackles major issues: fidelity, parenthood, status, and culture. Hedges handles them all with finesse, using a fantastically dry wit mixed with empathy and humanity, rendering all of his characters flawed, complex, and, ultimately, lovable.”
— Andrea Talarico, Anthology New and Used Books, Scranton, PA


A "devilishly delightful" (Bookpage) new novel from an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and the author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

Tim and Kate Welch are seemingly the last middle-class family in the exclusive neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, NewYork. Tim is a popular history teacher, and an ordinary guy. Kate is not ordinary, but she aspires to be. Brought up by a hippie mother, Kate stays home with their two young sons trying to be the responsible parent she never had. But their neat and tidy world is turned upside down when Anna Brody- beautiful, wealthy, and impulsive-moves into the most expensive brownstone in Brooklyn, and draws Kate and Tim into her world.

About the Author

PETER HEDGES is a novelist, playwright, and filmmaker. He wrote both the novel and the screenplay What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and is the writer-director of Pieces of April starring Katie Holmes and Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carrell. His screenplay for About a Boy was nominated for an Academy Award. Hedges lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For…

"Hedges delivers an insightful portrayal of parenthood and the strains and temptations of marriage, even in a seemingly perfect relationship. He also makes some wonderful observations about family life."
-Associated Press

"[A] quirky, amusing book."
-Washington Post

"The Heights' witty and honest take on marital claustrophobia shows the virtue of taking your time."
-GQ Magazine

"The Heights stays with you. As much a metaphor for being swept off your feet by lofty people or aspirations or location, The Heights delves into the marriage of a futurist woman working for a nonprofit and a history teacher at a Brooklyn Heights private school taking a sabbatical to finish his dissertation on the history of loss."
-New York Daily News

"Hedges has a knack for taking everyday life and making it fascinating...The Heights us a no-holds-barred expose of suburbia and the strains of marriage and childrearing, but Hedges deftly transforms this weighty subject matter into an addictive blend of melodrama carefully balanced with comedy...creating a novel that is devilishly delightful."

"A must-read if you've ever longed for more excitement in your life."
-Parenting magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9780452296770
ISBN-10: 0452296773
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2011
Pages: 304
Language: English

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