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Chorus by Rebecca Kauffman
Mar 01, 2022 | ISBN 9781640095182

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“Readers . . . will be happy to see [Kauffman] return with this packed family tale.” —Library Journal

“Rebecca Kauffman’s compact and ingeniously-arranged Chorus depicts the Shaw family and its long-held secrets with admirable clarity, as well as a sympathetic understanding of the good intentions and misjudgments that give rise to those secrets in the first place. As she guides us through the episodes of the Shaws’ lives—each glittering with the mysterious warmth of an heirloom ornament on a Christmas tree—Kauffman makes us freshly aware of how the people most dear to us, like the organs of the body, are hidden simply by virtue of being so vital and so close.” —Martin Seay, author of The Mirror Thief

“Rebecca Kauffman is one of our finest literary architects. With unusual empathy, she drafts complex portraits of people, revealing the humanity present in even the most flawed being. In Chorus, she elegantly charts the nuanced connections and fractures between family members, crafting her story from fleeting moments, shivers of understanding, always illuminating the sweetness and sorrow that exists in even the smallest detail.” —David Connerley Nahm, author of Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky

“As vast, clear, and iconic as only timeless stories are, Kauffman’s Chorus is a key: meet the Shaw family and discover, in its infinite and invisible complexity, the universal core of your own.” —Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, author of Hex and The Sunlit Night

Chorus is an intimate, affecting, and exquisite portrait of an American family that feels as real as any I’ve ever known. Deeply wounded by the absence of their mother—during her life as well as after her mysterious death—the Shaw children find their fiercest and most defining bonds with each other. This is the private account of their secrets, desires, resentments, affections, the unspoken grief of leaving one home behind to form another, and a family’s very idea of itself. I loved it.” —Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints

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