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"Tedrowe explores the reconfigurations of a family and the strange alliances that can occur between young and old, love and work. And she writes brilliantly about money…. A deeply satisfying debut." —Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street

“A poignant meditation on desire, heartrending loss, and dreams deferred.” —Robin Antalek, author of The Summer We Fell Apart

Emily Tedrowe’s exceptional debut novel depicts the shockwaves set in motion by the sudden marriage of one middle-class family’s 78-year-old matriarch to a wealthy outsider. Commuters is that rare novel that offers something for almost everyone: “foodies” interested in exploring the rich tapestry of the New York City restaurant scene; the millions who have been profoundly affected by the current financial and mortgage crisis; or anyone simply looking for a beautifully drawn family drama in the vein of the works of Katrina Kittle (The Blessings of the Animals, Two Truths and a Lie) and Jennifer Haigh (The Condition, Baker Towers, Mrs. Kimble).

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    This was a wonderful book but has left us hanging. Winnie and Jerry marry in their later years and then they are in a car accident that speeds up Jerry's dementia. Rachel, Winnie's daughter is also struggling with a husband who was in an accident that left him with some brain damage. Avery is Jerry's grandson who is also struggling with drug addictions. The ending leaves us with no answers as to how every one makes out. Perhaps this was done on purpose to go into another book? Hopefully as I really enjoyed this one.


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