British biochemist Douglas Petersen’s world is rocked when Connie, his wife of nearly three decades, tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. A summer vacation, dubbed “The Grand Tour,” has long been planned and involves touring European capitals to see art with 17-year-old son Albie, who will go off to college in the fall. Connie wants to go ahead with the trip, despite her announcement, and Douglas sees it as an opportunity to win back his wife and bond with touchy and distant Albie. Douglas, in first-person narration, tells both the back story of his relationship with Connie, and the progress of the trip. Douglas the traveler wants to hold to a strict itinerary, while his wife and son are much more free flowing. Douglas also doesn’t know nearly as much about art as Connie and Albie, and is left feeling like a third wheel much of the time. Meanwhile, the back story holds some unexpected surprises. Readers will find Douglas both bumbling and endearing, and he can be wickedly funny as well. Nicholls’ depiction of family dynamics gone awry is just right in this touching novel.

Us : a novelBy Nicholls, David, 1966-

A British man takes a trip with his wife and teenage son to look at art in European cities after his wife tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. Can he save his marriage and get closer to his prickly son?

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