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The author of the critically acclaimed The Book of Jonah explores questions of love and choice, disappointment, and hope in the lives of two strangers who meet by chance in this mesmerizing tale that unfolds over one Thanksgiving Day.
Adam is a former musician and recovering alcoholic who is home for Thanksgiving for the first time in many years. Surrounded by his parents and siblings, nieces and nephews - all who have seen him at his worst - he can't shake the feeling that no matter how hard he tries, he'll always be the one who can't get it right.
Marissa is a flight attendant whose marriage is strained by simmering tensions over race, class, and ambition. Heading to her in-laws for their picture-perfect holiday family dinner, her anxiety is intensified by the knowledge she is pregnant from an impulsive one-night stand.
In an airport restaurant on Thanksgiving morning, Adam and Marissa meet. Over the course of this day fraught with emotion and expectation, these two strangers will form an unlikely bond as they reckon with their family ties, their pasts, and the choices that will determine their way forward.
Joshua Max Feldman focuses his knowing eye on one of the last bastions of classical American idealism, the Thanksgiving family gathering, as he explores our struggles to know - and to be - our best selves. Hilarious and heartrending, Start Without Me is a thoughtful and entertaining listen that will leave its indelible mark on your heart.
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- Raymond McNeel
An Annual Thanksgiving Read
A funny and darkly heartfelt novel about two strangers desperate to avoid their past sins at Thanksgiving. If you're a fan of "Home for the Holidays," this book is for you.
- Carolyn White
This book has the most accurate portrayal of an alcoholic I’ve read. It’s funny and sad and dark and light. Amazing characters, great narrator.