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Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish's Eye, On the Rez, Family, and Travels in Siberia, as well as Dating Your Mom, Lamentations of the Father, and The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.


New Yorker contributor Frazier, who scored big with Great Plains, here reconstructs his family's history in America.

"[Frazier] is a writer of grace and charm." --The Washington Post Book World"It is a stunning book, written in sentences and paragraphs concealing emotional depth charges that explode across the gap from page to reader." --Geoffrey Stokes, The Boston Sunday Globe"Frazier takes the ordinary and clothes it with a sweetness that creates a special humanness for each family member." --Cleveland Plain Dealer"Mr. Frazier, in this remarkable history of an unremarkable family, plays both roles, the gossip and the pedant, balances skillfully, then adds his own insights as a loyal family member." --David Willis McCullough, The New York Times Book Review"A remarkable demonstration of Frazier's ability to write with rare, pure love and to make his feelings meaningful to casual passersby--his readers." --A Time magazine Best Book of 1994"The most unusual, compelling, and warmly received book of the season." --New York magazine"[Frazier is] a writer of uncommon grace and subtlety." --Chicago Tribune"Family is a keeper--an oddball classic that somehow manages to lodge itself squarely in the American grain." --Malcolm Jones Jr., Newsweek"Family grows from a look at one small, close-knit group of people into an appreciation of this whole country." --Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times"A rich and ennobling book, a transcendent affirmation of individual and communal purpose." --Tom De Haven, Entertainment Weekly

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