Lisa Says… Read This for October 2010

By Lisa Hamilton

The Hedges
by Peter Hedges

Many of us seek a happy relationship or marriage and the love of family and friends. What happens to us when we find these things may not be satisfying? Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, 1991) tells an often humorous, yet tender story in The Heights, a novel with sympathetically real characters in present society.

Tim and Kate are happily married with two children living the urban dream in Brooklyn Heights. Tim is a history teacher at an exclusive school, and Kate is a stay at home mom. Despite tremendous financial strains, they think their lives are almost perfect. Almost, being the prediction of things to come. When a wealthy socialite moves into the building, with her eye on Tim, and Kate decides to go back to work, attitudes change and deception on many levels begin.

When interviewed about his book, The Heights, Hedges says he wants to be sure his characters are people you would want to spend a lot of time with. These characters certainly are; they are classically real and emotional. Hedges is able to pinpoint truths we often see in others, but not necessarily ourselves. This book is a testament to good writing and an enjoyable read.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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