The household spirit

by Wodicka, Tod, 1976-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Northland Public Library Fiction FIC WODICKA
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC WODICKA
Oakmont Carnegie Library Fiction WO
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Fiction
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Penn Hills Library Fiction WOD
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In this remarkable novel, Tod Wodicka, author of All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well , has crafted a luminous story of a most curious friendship.

There's something wrong next door . At least that's what neighbors Howie Jeffries and Emily Phane both think. Since his daughter and wife moved out, Howie has been alone, an accidental recluse content with his fishing and his dreams of someday sailing away from himself on a boat. Emily couldn't be more different: she's irreverent, outgoing, and seemingly well adjusted. But when she returns from college to care for her dying grandfather, Howie can't help but notice her increasingly erratic behavior--not to mention her newfound love of nocturnal gardening.

The thing is, although they've lived side by side in the only two houses on Route 29 in rural upstate New York since Emily was born, Howie and Emily have never so much as spoken to each other. Both have their reasons: Howie is debilitatingly shy, and Emily has been hiding the fact that she suffers from a nighttime affliction that makes her terrified to go to sleep and makes her question the very reality of her waking life. It is only when tragedy strikes that their worlds finally intersect in ways neither of them could have ever imagined.

A poignant, big-hearted, and often humorous novel about two unique individuals unceremoniously thrown together, The Household Spirit is a story about how little we know the people we see every day--and the unexpected capabilities of the human heart.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Two identical houses sit on an isolated stretch of Route 29 in Queens Falls, N.Y. In one house lives Howard Jeffries-a divorced, 50-year-old worker at a water-treatment plant who leads a solitary life. He thinks often of fishing, his now-defunct family unit, and his mysterious next-door neighbor. Emily Phane, the same age as his daughter, lives next to Howard and tends to her elderly grandfather. Although they have not spoken, their mutual watching of and interest in each other provides a strange comfort-for Howard, her presence stirs a protective paternal instinct that has been dormant since the departure of his daughter, and for Emily, watching Howard distracts from debilitating sleep troubles, a complicated love life, and her grandfather's mortality. When Emily's desperation comes to a breaking point, her cry for help elicits a response from her shy and awkward neighbor. From there, an unlikely and close friendship develops that changes the direction of both their lives. Wodicka's story of two eccentrics living a strange coexistence can be jarring, but it's also touching. The accounts of sleep paralysis, grief, and personal demons make for a novel well worth reading. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Introverts -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2015
Edition First Edition.
Language English
Description 318 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780307377050
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