Heading home for the Holidays? You might want to think twice.
In Francesca Hornak’s absolutely hilarious novel, SEVEN DAYS OF US (Berkley), only the most extraordinary circumstances can reunite the Birch Family for the Holidays. And for readers looking for a great Holidays novel, SEVEN DAYS OF US has been released in paperback.
It’s Christmas, and the Birch family has gathered for the first time in years. Emma is thrilled to have the family under one roof – even if the circumstances are a bit odd. Olivia is a doctor and she has returned from treating an epidemic in Africa. This will put her and the entire Birch family under quarantine for a week … perfect for holiday celebrating, huh? No!
For the next seven days, no one can leave the house, and no one can enter. It doesn’t sound too hard. But a week with your nearest and dearest can feel like forever especially when everyone has a secret. And a couple of uninvited are are about to come knocking on the front door.
Alternating between each family member’s point of view, SEVEN DAYS OF US is both a clever look at difficult family holidays, and a character-driven portrayal of the real failures and love that define family.
I absolutely fell in love with the Birch family, all their loving virtues, as well as their nasty flaws. I found SEVEN DAYS OF US captured the human condition. I could completely relate in many ways, because everyone’s stress level is raised as we near the Holidays. I must add, I was completely taken back by the “surprise” at the end of the book. I look forward to reading what Francesca Hornak writes next.
Francesca Hornak is a journalist and writer, whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Red. She is the author of two nonfiction books, History of the World in 100 Modern Objects: Middle Class Stuff (and Nonsense) and Worry with Mother: 101 Neuroses for the Modern Mama.
Thanks to Berkley Publishing we’re able to offer a giveaway. Just tell us how your family spends the Holidays together, or apart. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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