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The Day

Douglas Hobbie

Henry Holt and Co.

In The Day, Hobbie continues his exploration of family life and the unending confilct between passion and comfort.  It is Thanksgiving, 1991.  Fletcher, an architect adrift in the prevailing economic downturn, is the relative outsider at his wife's family gathering.  His sense of dislocation is the somewhat distorting lens through which we view the novel's events.  Fletcher is haunted by memories of the person at the center of the book, Clare, his sister-in-law and one-time soul mate, whose bewildering death occured exactly one year earlier.  Her story provides a powerful counterpoint to the pretenses of holiday conviviality and helps to complete this compelling family portrait.

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The Day
It would have been hard to choose a Camperdown elm over the more familiar and less expensive possibilities if there had not been the wonderful example of a mature tree rooted in their past and still living in their imaginations. The young tree was an erect stem, a head taller than Gwen, straight as a broomstick, which sprouted from its grafted head a half dozen haywire branches. The branches were hung with tissuey pale green clusters that looked artificial rather than organic: the Camperdown elm's comical flowers. They chose from a half dozen specimens, which stood, a lonely row of oddballs,
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  • Douglas Hobbie

  • Douglas Hobbie lives in Conway, Massachusetts, with his wife.
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The Day

Douglas Hobbie

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