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The Children's Crusade
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Scribner
Publication date April 7, 2015
Pages 432
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781476710457
ISBN-10 1476710457
Dimensions 1.75 by 6.50 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Original list price $26.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: From the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Dive From Clausen’s Pier, a sweeping, masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.

Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of the family he has yet to create, Bill buys the property on a whim. In Penny Greenway he finds a suitable wife, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life seems compelling and answerable, and they marry and have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, at a time when women chafed at the conventions imposed on them. She finds salvation in art, but the cost is high.

Thirty years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence and all-too-familiar troubles force a reckoning with who they are, separately and together, and set off a struggle over the family’s future. One by one, the siblings take turns telling the story—Robert, a doctor like their father; Rebecca, a psychiatrist; Ryan, a schoolteacher; and James, the malcontent, the problem child, the only one who hasn’t settled down—their narratives interwoven with portraits of the family at crucial points in their history.

Reviewers have praised Ann Packer’s “brilliant ear for character” (The New York Times Book Review), her “naturalist’s vigilance for detail, so that her characters seem observed rather than invented” (The New Yorker), and the “utterly lifelike quality of her book’s everyday detail” (The New York Times). Her talents are on dazzling display in The Children’s Crusade, an extraordinary study in character, a rare and wise examination of the legacy of early life on adult children attempting to create successful families and identities of their own. This is Ann Packer’s most deeply affecting book yet.

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Hardcover
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from Scribner (April 7, 2015)
9781476710457 | details & prices | 432 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.75 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $26.99
About: From the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Dive From Clausen’s Pier, a sweeping, masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780515070934 Book cover for 9781476710464
 
Reprint edition from Scribner (April 5, 2016)
9781476710464 | details & prices | 432 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $16.00
About: From New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Ann Packer, a “tour de force family drama” (Elle) that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.
With Barbara Riefe | Reissue edition from Jove Pubns (September 1, 1982); titled "So Wicked the Heart"
9780515070934 | details & prices | List price $3.25
This edition also contains So Wicked the Heart
CD/Spoken Word
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With Thomas Sadoski (other contributor), Santino Fontana (other contributor), Cotter Smith (other contributor), Frederick Weller (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Simon & Schuster (April 7, 2015)
9781442383876 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.31 lbs | List price $39.99
About: From the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Dive From Clausen’s Pier, a sweeping, masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.
Library
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Large print edition from Center Point Pub (July 1, 2015)
9781628996067 | details & prices | 559 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $36.95
About: Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco.

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