Liz Whaley Book Group: Henry, Himself

A member of the greatest generation looks back on the loves and losses of his past and comes to treasure the present anew in this poignant and thoughtful new novel from a modern master.

Stewart O'Nan is renowned for illuminating the unexpected grace of everyday life and the resilience of ordinary people with humor, intelligence, and compassion. In Henry, Himself, he offers an unsentimental, moving life story of a twentieth-century everyman.

Soldier, son, lover, husband, breadwinner, churchgoer, Henry Maxwell has spent his whole life trying to live with honor. A native Pittsburgher and engineer, he's always believed in logic, sacrifice, and hard work. Now, seventy-five and retired, he feels the world has passed him by. It's 1998, the American century is ending, and nothing is simple anymore. His children are distant, their unhappiness a mystery. Only his wife Emily and dog Rufus stand by him. Once so confident, as Henry's strength and memory desert him, he weighs his dreams against his regrets and is left with questions he can't answer: Is he a good man? Has he done right by the people he loves? And with time running out, what, realistically, can he hope for?

Like Emily, Alone, which The New York Times called "O'Nan's best novel yet," Henry, Himself is a wry, warmhearted portrait of an American original who believes he's reached a dead end only to discover life is full of surprises.


Just read the book and join us! All LWBG books are available for attendees at 20% off. No need to RSVP. Email us at info@waterstreetbooks.com for more information.  

 

Event date: 

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Event address: 

Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Henry, Himself: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735223059
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 7th, 2020