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Tessa Hadley's book, The Past, has at its center a summer vacation home, and the four middle-aged siblings who come together to decide whether to sell it or not. Having lost their mother, they reunite at the home and begin the long process of re-examining the past and their relationships with each –- all to decide what the house means to them individually and as a family. Hadley considers her book something of a comedy, but really what she has accomplished is the modernization of the classic British novel of estates, inheritance and loss of empire.

Read an excerpt from The Past.

The Past

Tessa Hadley

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Tessa Hadley, author

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