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Trinity College from which Nancy Clark graduated.
(While always well-stocked with clean sheets, Lily Hill is...)
While always well-stocked with clean sheets, Lily Hill is not expecting visitors. At least not in the numbers that descend upon her genteelly dilapidated New England ancestral home in the summer of '89. Brother Harvey arrives first, thrice-widowed and eager for company, then perennially self-dramatizing niece Ginger and her teenaged daughter Betsy, then Alden, just laid-off from Wall Street, with his wife Becky, and their rowdy brood of four. As summer fades into fall, it becomes clear that no one intends to leave. But just as Lily's industrious hospitality gives way to a somewhat strained domestic routine, the Hill clan must face new challenges together.
(It is 1992, and the Lowe family is living in a centuries-...)
It is 1992, and the Lowe family is living in a centuries-old castle in Prague. Alden Lowe works at the Czech Ministry of Finance and his wife Becky advises women entrepreneurs. With their daughter Julie, they appear a fortunate American family, but after twenty years with Alden, Becky shocks the family by fleeing to Libya, where she intends to reunite with a man who has loved her since before her marriage.
(Great-aunt Lily's pile of a house in Towne, Massachusetts...)
Great-aunt Lily's pile of a house in Towne, Massachusetts, is once again the gathering place for her far-flung grandnieces and grandnephews. As always, their arrival brings a high summer of comedy and drama. While Lily struggles to get her new business venture off the ground, her granddaughter Sally befriends the local math whiz; brothers and software entrepreneurs Brooks and Rollins turn heads with their supermodel dates; Cousin Julie announces her wedding to a man who may or may not be imaginary; and the family faces the possibility of a final leave-taking of Aunt Ginger, who continues to dish up crucial life wisdom - whether it's sought or not - while reclining on a lawn chair in the sun.
Nancy Clark graduated from Trinity College.
Nancy Clark is a novelist who began her writing career in the 2000s. Her childhood home along Boston's North Shore was the inspiration for the perfect setting of her debut novel, The Hills at Home, which was published in 2003. Her work takes readers back to 1989 and follows the story of the Hill family as they invade the New England home of their Aunt Lily, who was fond of living alone. Though the plot meanders in the middle section, Clark brings all the details together at the end, when even minor events are shown to have meaning and coalesce in a satisfying denouement. Warm and amusing, this novel has the old-fashioned virtue of good writing paired with a sprightly plot. Brimming with wit and a compendium of Yankee curiosities, The Hills at Home is an irresistible modern take on an old-fashioned comedy of manners.
A Way from Home (2005) is the sequel to The Hills at Home. This book focuses on just one part of the family. It tells about Americans living abroad and the social reconfigurations that ensue. Clark delights not only with an unexpected middle-aged romance but also with a dazzling canvas of place and history. She illustrates, from the crooked streets of Prague to the harsh Libyan desert, the myriad ways in which history - both global and personal - can shape people's lives. Clark's second book is a witty, exuberant comedy about the waywardness of devotion and the elusive meaning of home.
July and August, published in 2008, is the third and final book of the trilogy about the Hill clan in which the family gathers in Towne, Massachusetts, for the summer.
Clark is a writer who cares very much about the place. Witty and dry, she has a wonderful eye (and ear) for the small, telling pettinesses that flow between people.
For Nancy Clark, the family seems a natural subject for novels, a real family or family-like unit providing the community, relationships, and interactions that are the basic stuff of any human tale.
Quotations: "I write books that I hope will merit rereading. I always hope that readers will pick up a book a second time because they enjoyed the book so much the first time they read it. Then, upon rereading, it is my wish that they will discover more than they found on the first reading, and it will seem that the book continued to live and breathe on its own - and in the reader’s imagination - between rereadings."
Quotes from others about the person
"Clark is a superb storyteller. Her great gift is for plausible family drama." - Liesl Schillinger
"Best of all, Nancy Clark perfectly evokes the sense of a long, hot, lazy New England summer spent with the family, describing every detail with witty tenderness. Nancy Clark is a very gifted writer."
"Clark has such a sly sense of humor and an ability to use descriptive minutiae - down to the quirky contents of someone's kitchen drawers - to reveal the complexities of personality."