Honestly, we meant well / Grant Ginder.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "This rollicking book has it all: sex, lies, and scenery. Grant Ginder weaves a wonderful, engrossing multi-generational family story, with the Greek isles as a backdrop so beautiful that the reader will want to dive in"--Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers. An irresistible, deftly observed novel about family, regret, and vacation by the author of The People We Hate at the Wedding. The Wright family is in ruins. Sue Ellen Wright has what she thinks is a close-to-perfect life. A terrific career as a Classics professor, a loving husband, and a son who is just about to safely leave the nest. But then disaster strikes. She learns that her husband is cheating, and that her son has made a complete mess of his life. So, when the opportunity to take her family to a Greek island for a month presents itself, she jumps at the chance. This sunlit Aegean paradise, with its mountains and beaches is, after all, where she first fell in love with both a man and with an ancient culture. Perhaps Sue Ellen's past will provide the key to her and her family's salvation. With his signature style of biting wit, hilarious characters, and deep emotion, Grant Ginder's Honestly, We Meant Well is a funny, brilliant novel proving that with family, drama always comes with comedy.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Sue Ellen Wright has what she thinks is a close-to-perfect life: terrific career as a Classics professor, a loving husband, and a son who is just about to safely leave the nest. But then disaster strikes. Her husband is cheating, and their son has made a complete mess of his life. When the opportunity to take her family to a Greek island for a month presents itself, she jumps at the chance. This sunlit Aegean paradise, with its mountains and beaches is, after all, where she first fell in love with both a man and with an ancient culture. Will she find ruins... or a foundation for a new start? -- adapted from jacket
    • ISBN:
      9781250143150
      1250143152
    • Accession Number:
      2019002981
    • Accession Number:
      on1049790569
      1049790569
    • Accession Number:
      fay.652497
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    • ABNT:
      GINDER, G. Honestly, we meant well. [s.l.] : Flatiron Books, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 20 set. 2019.
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      Ginder G. Honestly, We Meant Well. Flatiron Books; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652497. Accessed September 20, 2019.
    • APA:
      Ginder, G. (2019). Honestly, we meant well. Flatiron Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652497
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ginder, Grant. 2019. Honestly, We Meant Well. Flatiron Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652497.
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      Ginder, G. (2019) Honestly, we meant well. Flatiron Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652497 (Accessed: 20 September 2019).
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      Ginder, Grant. Honestly, We Meant Well. Flatiron Books, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652497.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ginder G. Honestly, we meant well [Internet]. Flatiron Books; 2019 [cited 2019 Sep 20]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.652497

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 April #1

Sue Ellen Wright is an accomplished classics professor with a beautiful Berkeley home, a devoted husband, and a son who's just about to strike out on his own. But then she discovers that her husband has had an affair and her son has been making some very bad life decisions. She seizes an opportunity to spend a month in Greece, hoping some time away will soothe her soul, help her reconnect with her husband, and give her son a much-needed change in perspective. And the beautiful Greek islands do work their magic on the Wright family—just not necessarily in the way that any of them expected. Ginder (The People We Hate at the Wedding, 2017) once again delivers a family saga populated with smart, funny, confused, and lovable yet profoundly irritating characters who desperately try to pull themselves together while simultaneously tearing each other apart. He examines the complexities of family with insight and humor in this deeply satisfying, laugh-out-loud novel. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 May

Sue Ellen Wright, a classics professor, learns that her husband, Dean, is having an affair, while her underachieving son, Will, is making a mess of his life. A chance to visit Greece gives the family an opportunity to reconnect, but the vacation has the opposite effect. Sue Ellen's past connection with the beautiful Aegean locale, and a nearby hotel, which has seen better days, brings about a sudden epiphany, causing her to reflect upon her past and ponder the future. Ginder (This Is How It Starts) completely redefines family dysfunction in this offbeat comedy of errors. Amid gorgeous Greek scenery, the Wright family, set on a collision path of destruction, have come to a miserable but hilariously inevitable fork in the road. As Will and Dean's sins come home to roost, Sue Ellen contemplates her unfulfilling career and marriage. A few challenging opportunities are available to her, but only if she has the courage to grab them. VERDICT Whimsical, diabolical, and distinctive, this novel is an awkwardly funny but entertaining family tale.—Julie Whiteley, Stephenville, TX

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 April #4

Ginder's charming fourth novel (after The People We Hate at the Wedding) chronicles a trip that classics professor Sue Ellen Wright takes with her family to Greece, where they stay at a hotel run by Eleni Papadakis, the daughter of Sue Ellen's former lover. Sue Ellen catches her husband, Dean, a famous writer, having an affair with a producer. In an effort to try to move forward together as a family, Dean proposes that he and their son, Will, accompany Sue Ellen on a gig to lecture to a group of cruise-goers at their stop in Aegina. Will's about to graduate college and is feeling both aimless and overshadowed by his dad. He plagiarizes one of Dean's unpublished pieces and later panics when he learns from his classmate Ginny that it's going to be featured in the school's lit journal. Ginny is pregnant and plans to confront Dean, who left her a month ago. Sue Ellen bonds with Eleni and reveals how she loved Eleni's father, Christos, years ago. Eleni, meanwhile, is still smarting from Christos's death and can't wait to sell the hotel to Swiss developers. Matters come to a head when Ginny locates Dean, Eleni has second thoughts about the sale, and Will learns something shocking from Dean's latest book. Ginder's writing is funny and evocative; it skillfully touches on the passage of time in a family and in a marriage while effortlessly shifting points of view. Fans of clever, wistful stories will find much to love, and also appreciate the bonus classics tidbits. (June)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.