The Carriage House

Louisa Hall

300 pages March 2013 copies in English Literary Fiction

“Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, only populated by characters from a Jane Austen novel. . . to rival the likes of John Cheever and Richard Yates. . .”  – The Sunday Express

After suffering a stroke, patriarch William Adair wakes in his hospital bed and realizes that his family is less extraordinary than he had believed. For more than thirty years, his faith in life was based on two indisputable principles: his daughters’ exceptional talents and the historical resonance of a carriage house built by his grandfather. Now, both have begun to collapse.

The three Adair daughters, once so brilliant, have all returned home: Elizabeth, the divorced but formerly promising actress; tennis ace Diana, now a university dropout; and beautiful, sorrowful eighteen-year-old Isabelle. Having lost their father’s pride, they struggle to define themselves. And the carriage house has decayed beyond recognition and risks being condemned.

Rallying to save their father, the sisters take on the battle for the carriage house that once stood as a symbol of their place in the world. Overcoming misunderstandings, betrayals and wrong turns in the past, each of the Adairs ultimately finds a new place of forgiveness and love. The Carriage House is a moving, beautifully-written novel about family, expectations, and the saving grace of love.

Reviews

“Part Jane Austen, part John Cheever, this tale of upheaval in a suburban Philadelphia household marks the debut of a stunning new writer.”  – PHILIPP MEYER, AUTHOR OF THE SON

“Every sentence in The Carriage House is full of clarity, attention, and grace. Louisa Hall is a writer to be admired.”  -KEVIN POWERS, AUTHOR OF THE YELLOW BIRDS

“Transformative . . . a perfect book club choice, this is a novel to read from cover to cover in one day . . .”  – PSYCHOLOGIES MAGAZINE

“[A] marvelously mature debut. . . Ms. Hall seamlessly transitions among the many individual points of view without halting the book’s forward momentum. . . The novel’s technical proficiency and its gratifyingly nuanced ending make it easy to recommend.”  – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Ambitious. . . Intricate. . . A splendid, carefully–plotted, open-hearted novel.”  – THE BOSTON GLOBE

“There are echoes of Jane Austen in this melancholy drama. . . Hall unpeels the relationships of an averagely dysfunctional family layer by layer, with superb truthfulness and accuracy.”  – THE TIMES

Awards

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2013 FLAHERTY-DUNNAN FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

A Vogue Spring Debut Fiction pick: “A twisted family saga lodged in John Cheever and Wes Anderson.”

An Oprah’s O Magazine pick: “One of ten titles to pick up now!”