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Katharine Noel received critical acclaimed for her debut novel Halfway House, which portrayed a family riven by mental illness. In Meantime, she returns with a funny, wise and moving story about the deep bond between stepsisters compelled to reimagine their futures and redefine their beliefs in family.
Claire Hood has never had a typical upbringing. When she was nine, her father fell in love with a married woman and the two households agreed to live under one roof. Nicknamed "the Naked Family," they were infamous in the community for their eccentric, free-spirited lifestyle. Now, Claire and her stepsister Nicole are both in their thirties and living in San Francisco. Nicole has set her mind to having a baby on her own, and Claire's husband Jeremy longs to start a family as well. But Claire wants to avoid an ordinary existence at all costs.
When Jeremy becomes seriously ill, his high school sweetheart, Gita, is a bit too eager to lend a hand in his recovery. As Claire's suspicion of their relationship grows, she feels increasingly distant not only from the people she loves, but also from the kind of person she'd imagined herself to be. Faced with Nicole's impending motherhood and Jeremy's increasing closeness with his ex, Claire must resolve lingering childhood hang-ups and decide what she's willing to sacrifice for independence.
Meantime is a heartfelt, insightful story of how individuals shape and reshape their families while discovering their truest sense of self. With humanity, grace and humor, Katharine Noel examines the complex, delicate connections between spouses, siblings, parents and children.
Katharine Noel teaches at Johns Hopkins University. Her first novel, Halfway House, was a New York Times Editors' Choice and winner of the Kate Chopin Writing Award as well as the Ken/NAMI Award. Her writing has won grants from the Rona Jaffe, Henfield-Transatlantic and Barbara Deming foundations and she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She lives in Baltimore.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 7:00pm