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Search by Michelle Huneven
Apr 26, 2022 | ISBN 9780593300053

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“Huneven shows her range with a folksy, funny fifth novel on the unlikely subject of how bad decisions happen to good committees . . . engaging and thought-provoking. The voting, the vetting, the drama, the discord, the anti-oppression training—it’s all here . . . tender, salty, and worthy of note.” —Kirkus

“Michelle Huneven writes with the clarity of both warmth and wit. She knows, and cherishes, the absurdity of the human spirit. And there are recipes!” —Cathleen Schine, New York Times bestselling author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport

“The committee at the heart of Huneven’s wonderful Search is a portrait of a community working toward that most elusive of goals—a unanimous decision. The alliances and betrayals along the way reveal that even when a group of people share a common passion, the path to consensus can be tortuous. Fortunately, in Huneven’s masterful prose it is also insightful, revealing, and very funny.” —Jessica Francis Kane, author of Rules for Visiting
“In Search, Michelle Huneven invents the novel-with-recipes and takes on the eternal committee. With wry humor and keen moral nerve, she brings us deep into a group formed not by affinity but with a purpose—to select a new leader. We follow the hilarious, absorbing, shocking step by step of how and why intelligent, good-minded people make an entirely surprising decision. With echoes of voices as disparate as those of Thomas McGuane and Barbara Pym, Huneven is an American original, attentive to the outscale beauties of the west and the fragility of its citizens and institutions.” —Mona Simpson, author of Casebook

“It’s rare to find a writer as gimlet-eyed and big-hearted as Michelle Huneven, whose gorgeous novels display an unsentimental compassion that sits in delicious counterpoint to their gentle insistence on the truth.  The wondrous Search tells the story of a group of people whose task is to unify around an important decision, and if that sounds possible, rest assured that this droll novel will demonstrate in hilarious and painful detail all the ways in which our best intentions run afoul of how powerfully we want what we want. It’s a marvelous novel and it has recipes: in other words, it’s irresistible.” —Ann Packer, New York Times bestselling author of The Children’s Crusade

“I’ve loved every book Michelle Huneven has written and Search is the best—the most delectable—yet.” —Ruth Reichl, author of Save Me the Plums

“Michelle Huneven’s Search is immersive, inviting, occasionally wry, and often warm. It’s a front row seat to a juicy in-fight that’s all too familiar to anyone who’s ever tried to get something done by committee. Huneven generously portrays the emotional questing that brings people into spiritual communities while also chronicling the rivalry, pettiness, and basic human failings that manifest in those communities. The narrator of Search reflects that ministry—especially for the secular—is about asking, ‘How do we live in this world?’, and this novel suggests many possible answers, as it touches on friendships, food, charisma, gossip, the notion of home, and the challenge of making all those things meaningful.” —Sanjena Sathian, author of Gold Diggers

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