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David Nicholls

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“I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After.” (Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and One Plus One)

“Wonderful. A novel that manages to be both truly hilarious and deeply affecting. I loved it.” (S.J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep)

“Nicholls brings his trademark wit and wisdom to this by turns hilarious and heartbreaking examination of a long-term marriage…. This tender novel will further cement Nicholls’ reputation as a master of romantic comedy.” (Booklist (starred review))

“From the author of One Day—which was infinitely better than the movie—comes a pathos-laden love story about marriage on the brink of collapse.” (Entertainment Weekly, “A Dozen Books We're Dying to Read This Fall.”)

“Nicholls is a master of the braided narrative, weaving the past and present to create an intricate whole…. A funny and moving novel.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“For those who loved One Day, the author’s latest is another heart-grabber about discovering what makes us happy and learning to let go.” (Library Journal (starred review))

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popular New York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together—and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart.

Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date . . . and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce.

The timing couldn’t be worse. Hoping to encourage her son’s artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead with the original plan is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie.

Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger. Us is a moving meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the intricate relationship between the heart and the head. And in David Nicholls’s gifted hands, Douglas’s odyssey brings Europe—from the streets of Amsterdam to the famed museums of Paris, from the cafés of Venice to the beaches of Barcelona—to vivid life just as he experiences a powerful awakening of his own. Will this summer be his last as a husband, or the moment when he turns his marriage, and maybe even his whole life, around?

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A great novel 20 septembre 2014
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I love David Nicholls, and "Us" is another great novel. This books tells the story of a man whose world is turned upside down when his wife of many years abruptly asks for a divorce. "Us" is funny and raw and honest and witty and real, and it is the kind of book that anyone will be able to relate to and appreciate. The story doesn't grab me quite as much as some of the author's previous works, but it's definitely a solid read.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 "When did you start to drain the passion out of everything?" 21 septembre 2014
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"Us," by David Nicholls, traces the bumpy course of a twenty-year marriage. Connie Moore is artistic, spontaneous, and creative; Douglas Petersen is predictable, organized, and methodical. At a party, Connie and Douglas meet and are attracted to one another. Douglas is taken with Connie's beauty, sensitivity, and vivaciousness. Connie admires Douglas's devotion to his profession (he has a doctorate in biochemistry). Their attachment deepens and eventually, they marry and have a son, Albie, who is now seventeen and, according to his father, an exemplar of "surliness, irresponsibility, and poor personal hygiene."

The novel takes place at a troubling time for Connie and Douglas. Connie, fifty-two, is dissatisfied and unhappy; she informs Douglas that their marriage "has run its course." Still, in the summer before Albie is due to leave for university, Douglas, along with his wife and son, travel from their home in England to Europe for a "Grand Tour," mostly for Albie's benefit. During their travels to such cities as Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, and Venice, Douglas, the book's narrator, provides his guilt-ridden perspective in a series of flashbacks. Was he too hard on Albie, who is indifferent to science and math, but is artistically inclined, like the mother he adores? Has Douglas, a scientist who is somewhat strait-laced, become stodgier--too boring and undemonstrative for someone as free-spirited as Connie?

"Us" is a bittersweet tale, in which the author seamlessly intersperses moments of high comedy with passages of grave solemnity. Albie picks up a madcap girlfriend who plays rock songs on the accordion with gusto, at all hours of the day and night. Douglas is not amused. The "Grand Tour" evolves into a gripe session, during which the Petersens air pent-up grievances that have been festering for ages. In spite of the beautiful and breathtaking sights of the Continent, the trip does not turn out as planned. When Douglas tries to set things right, he has a series of farcical and embarrassing misadventures that leave him physically and emotionally drained.

This is an engrossing and intimate story in which Douglas's comments, set down in diary form, are poignant, amusing, and at times, heartbreaking. Nicholls realistically portrays how a union of opposites can turn sour, since most people do not fundamentally change as the years go by. It does not help when a child favors his mother and is dismissive, if not openly hostile, towards the father that he "sometimes regards...with a pure and concentrated disdain." It is painful to observe the conflicts that tear this dysfunctional family apart, and we cannot help but empathize with their situation. Although Connie and Douglas still care for one another, is their affection enough to keep them together for the rest of their lives?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Them! 20 septembre 2014
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My " in a nutshell" summary...

Connie wakes up one day and tells Douglas that she thinks their marriage has run its course. They have plans to travel with their son through Europe for a part of the summer and decide to keep these plans.

My thoughts after reading this book...

I didn't read the book One Day by this author nor did I see the movie of that same book that Anne Hathaway starred in. This book seems to refer quite a bit to the first book...which is a good thing because that helped me to "get" these characters. Douglas seems like just a normal guy...maybe dull...kind of funny...loves his wife and just does not get why she wants their marriage to cease to exist. Douglas might suffer from aloofness...but he seems funny to me. It's as though he is serious but his comments are funny. He has a horrible relationship with his son but he is hopeful that the European holiday will fix some of this. His son...however...doesn't seem to want to spend any time with Douglas and before the trip is over...he flees with a newly met girlfriend. Connie is finished with the trip...and wants to go home but Douglas decides to find his son...nicknamed Egg! So he goes on his own adventure without Connie. And it's pretty much a mess...he doesn't have clothes or a wallet and this adventure begins to bite...big time.

What I loved about this book...

I truly enjoyed the humor and the situations. Most of my sympathy stayed with Douglas. He just seemed like a good guy who found himself in situations that were not suited to him. It was sad that his son never really liked him and always preferred Connie but Douglas was more scientific while Connie was the messy creative parent...Douglas just did not get glitter! Too funny!

What I did not love about this book...

I did not like Connie. She had an affair not long after she and Douglas were married...she just seemed to not really like her husband very much while he seemed to adore her. That was kind of sad.

Final thoughts...

I wasn't quite sure how to interpret this book. I felt sad for Douglas who seemed to be rejected by his wife and his son. The book was both funny and sad. I was interested in these characters but in a sort of detached way. I don't think I want to revisit them any more. I feel as though I read the first book through this one. And while Douglas is a character who can be appealing...a little Douglas goes a long way...I liked the ending, was perfect!
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