The Arrivals

A Novel
By Meg Mitchell Moore (Trade Paperback, 2012)
It's early summer when Ginny and William's peaceful life in Vermont comes to an abrupt halt.

First, their daughter Lillian arrives, with her two children in tow, to escape her crumbling marriage. Next, their son Stephen and his pregnant wife Jane show up for a weekend visit, which extends indefinitely when Jane ends up on bed rest. When their youngest daughter Rachel appears, fleeing her difficult life in New York, Ginny and William find themselves consumed again by the chaos of parenthood - only this time around, their children are facing adult problems.

By summer's end, the family gains new ideas of loyalty and responsibility, exposing the challenges of surviving the modern family - and the old adage, once a parent, always a parent, has never rung so true.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316097727

    • On Sale Date: 05/08/2012

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Trade Paperback, Electronic Book, Audiobook

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It's early summer when Ginny and William's peaceful life in Vermont comes to an abrupt halt.

First, their daughter Lillian arrives, with her two children in tow, to escape her crumbling marriage. Next, their son Stephen and his pregnant wife Jane show up for a weekend visit, which extends indefinitely when Jane ends up on bed rest. When their youngest daughter Rachel appears, fleeing her difficult life in New York, Ginny and William find themselves consumed again by the chaos of parenthood - only this time around, their children are facing adult problems.

By summer's end, the family gains new ideas of loyalty and responsibility, exposing the challenges of surviving the modern family - and the old adage, once a parent, always a parent, has never rung so true.

Meg Mitchell Moore worked for several years as a journalist. Her articles have been published in a wide variety of business and consumer magazines. She received a master's degree in English literature from New York University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their three children. The Arrivals is her first novel.
  • "What an intoxicating read! In The Arrivals, Meg Mitchell Moore takes on the age-old topic of parents and children and their children with a fresh perspective, a canny understanding of human emotion, and the absolute best dialogue I have ever read. Both charming and deeply meaningful, this is one book you must not miss." (Elin Hilderbrand).

  • "A tender portrait of a tangled, complicated, all-too real family, The Arrivals left me teary and fulfilled. A sparkling, page-turning debut." (New York Times bestselling author of The One That I Want, Time of My Life, and Department of Lost and Found).

  • "With crisp, insightful prose, Meg Mitchell Moore examines the anxieties, intimacies, wounds, misunderstandings, and joys that bind the Owen family as they face one long summer together. This lovely, satisfying story is an absolute pleasure to read." (author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott).

  • "Meg Mitchell Moore's debut novel, The Arrivals, reads like the finest of guidebooks, pointing out the beauty and excitement of an untraveled place, yet simultaneously offering readers a map of their own families, with the intricacies, misunderstandings, heartbreak, and forgiveness found there. Under Moore's deft and gloriously talented hand, the best kind of story telling is woven with epiphany, and readers will emerge knowing a place so close to home in an entirely new way." (author of You Know When the Men Are Gone).

  • "[A] promising debut...Moore finds a crisp narrative in the morass of an overpacked household, and she keeps the proceedings moving with an assurance and outlook reminiscent of Laurie Colwin, evoking emotional universals with the simplest of observations." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "[A] satisfying debut novel...Moore handles the shifts in perspective with ease, nimbly evoking the reader's sympathy for each family member...All of the characters...manage to be both achingly familiar and cliché-free.  By the end of the novel, everyone in the Owen household will feel like, well, family." (Sara Vilkomerson, Entertainment Weekly).

  • "Perceptive...a moving story about conflicted adult children who are still learning how to be grown-ups...Moore uses solid writing to bring some welcome depth to the family-dysfunction genre." ( Christina Ianzito, AARP).

  • "It's not the large problems that drive The Arrivals but the small ones -- Mitchell's meticulous attention to detail and the vibrancy with which she portrays the complex emotions of family life.  So many of the activities in this book are ordinary, but Mitchell presents them so truthfully and carefully that we start to see them anew...What the best moments in The Arrivals show us is that the decisions that shape a home, a family, or even life's most difficult choices are often subtle and small." (Jennifer Miller, The Millions).

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The Arrivals
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN
  • Pages: 352
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316097727
  • On Sale Date: 05/08/2012
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