Lorna Mott Comes Home (Paperback)
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From the author of the best-selling Le Divorce and Le Mariage, a sly, subversive, and utterly "delightful comedy of manners" (The Wall Street Journal)
Lorna Mott Dumas, small, pretty, high-strung, is the epitome of a successful woman—with lovely offspring and grandchildren, a French husband, a delightful house, and an independent career as an admired art lecturer. She has both an uncomplicated, sociable nature and an intellectual life. But then Lorna decides to leave her husband, a notorious seducer, and his small ancestral village in France, and return to an America she has been away from for twenty years. For Lorna, a beautiful idyll is over, finished, done ...
In Lorna Mott Comes Home, Diane Johnson brings us into the dreamy, anxiety-filled world of a woman struggling to create a new life in San Francisco. Into the mix come her ex-husband, her three grown children, and her grandchildren, all with their own dramatic troubles, navigating a tumultuous mix of comedy and tragedy, happiness and anxiety, contentment and striving, generosity and greed, love and sex. In this witty and poignant novel, Johnson—long our Edith Wharton of expat life—comes home to America to deftly portray, with the lightest of touches, the way we live here, now.
About the Author
DIANE JOHNSON is a best-selling author and two-time finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Paris and San Francisco.
“Thoroughly charming . . . A delightful comedy of manners.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Briskly witty . . . delightful . . . an engaging confection . . . clever, dry, and often highly amusing.” —Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine
“[A] trenchant transatlantic comedy . . . Johnson writes with assured brio and wit . . . an affectionate romp.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“Spectacular wit and humor . . . There are endless strings of smart observations, tucked next to moments of real vulnerability and fear.” —Star Tribune
“The divine Diane Johnson’s latest propulsive novel—her 12th—[is] a layered yet airy confection. . . . Johnson is a master plotter . . . entertaining . . . hard to put down.” —Air Mail
“Johnson has perfected the comedy of manners . . . Her latest novel allows Johnson to play to her strengths.” —Berkeleyside
“Inspired . . . a dishy drama with crystalline sentences . . . delicious.” —Shelf Awareness
“Johnson returns with undimmed joie de vivre to the delicious Francophile vein she mined so successfully in her National Book Award finalist Le Divorce . . . Everything one looks forward to in Johnson's books is delivered in abundance here: nimble plotting, witty narration, edifying juxtaposition of French and American cultures. . . . Doing what she does best, Johnson shows us why she's been compared to writers like Henry James, Jane Austen, and Voltaire.” —Kirkus (starred review)
“Delightfully absurd . . . incisive . . . Johnson gently but deftly skewers everyone as they scheme for financial gain and languorously search for meaning and happiness.” —Booklist
“Johnson makes a welcome return to her wheelhouse in this propulsive domestic dramedy of manners . . . [Her] usual razor-sharp prose and astute observations are on full display . . . provocative . . . poignant . . . a treat.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)