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Seven Days of Us
2017
Availability
Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Emma (Female),
Olivia (Female), Doctor, Comes home for Christmas; sent for quarantine for a week with her family;
Genre
Fiction
Humorous
Family & relationships
Topics
Christmas
Holidays
War
Epidemics
Family
Secrets
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Hornak's smart, delightfully funny, page-turning debut takes a posh, dysfunctional British family-two parents, two adult daughters, each with a secret-slaps on a week's worth of quarantine at Christmastime, and adds a dash of pathos as well as a large helping of humor. Do-gooder Olivia Birch is back from treating an Ebola-like epidemic in Liberia-hence the catalyst for the family quarantine-and doesn't want anyone to know about her affair with one of her coworkers. Andrew, her father and a former Beirut war correspondent, has just received an email from Jesse Robinson, a son in the U.S. he never knew he had from a one-night stand in Lebanon years ago. Andrew's wife, Emma, recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, is determined not to ruin Christmas by spilling the beans about her illness. Daughter Phoebe has just accepted a proposal from her swanky boyfriend, George, but she's not sure she truly loves him. Jesse travels to the U.K. to meet his biological father and the ensuing coincidences, mishaps, arguments, and opportunities for self-reflection upend the Birch family relationships. As the story unfolds from various viewpoints, Hornak imbues each character with a singularity that underscores her spot-on insight about human nature. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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A family can't escape their secrets when they're forced to spend a week in quarantine in this "sharply funny" ( People ) novel--an Indie Next and #1 Library Reads Pick! <br> <br> "Witty and deeply heartfelt."--Emily Giffin <br> <br> It's Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew's elder daughter--who is usually off saving the world--will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she's been told she must stay in quarantine for a week...and so too should her family.<br> <br> For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity--and even decent Wi-Fi--and forced into each other's orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems. <br> <br> As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down. <br> <br> In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who's about to arrive...<br> <br> theSkimm Reads Pick <br> New York Post Required Reading <br> One of Elite Daily's Books to Read This Fall <br> Liz & Lisa's Best Books of October <br> Brit + Co's Best of October Roundup <br> One of BookRiot's October Must-Reads
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