An "intimately limned" saga of passion and greed in the decade before the Civil Warfrom the New York Times-bestselling author of Captains and the Kings (Kirkus Reviews).
The Wide House is the story of two cousins from Ireland: Stuart Coleman, a shopkeeper who dreams of building a big white house and raising a family, and Janie Cauder, a young widow with four children, only one of whom she truly adores. When Janie arrives in Grandeville, New York, the two begin a surprising romancebut happiness is not to be their fate.
Driven by ambition and haunted by self-doubt, Stuart spurns Janie for the beautiful daughter of a business rival. Janie, meanwhile, takes her disappointment out on her children and pursues new romantic opportunitiesto diminishing returns. As the national mood turns increasingly antagonistic to outsiders, Stuart and Janie's inability to love will leave a bitter mark on their lives, and on generations to come.
A richly detailed portrait of a fascinating time in American history, The Wide House is a masterwork from an author whose "sheer power" has captivated millions of readers all over the world (The New York Times).