Morningside Heights

Morningside Heights

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When Ohio-born Pru Steiner arrives in New York in 1976, she follows in a long tradition of young people determined to take the city by storm. But when she falls in love with and marries Spence Robin, her hotshot young Shakespeare professor, her life takes a turn she couldn't have anticipated.

Thirty years later, something is wrong with Spence. The Great Man can't concentrate; he falls asleep reading The New York Review of Books. With their daughter, Sarah, away at medical school, Pru must struggle on her own to care for him. One day, feeling especially isolated, Pru meets a man, and the possibility of new romance blooms. Meanwhile, Spence's estranged son from his first marriage has come back into their lives. Arlo, a wealthy entrepreneur who invests in biotech, may be his father's last, best hope.

Morningside Heights is a sweeping and compassionate novel about a marriage surviving hardship. It's about the love between women and men, and children and parents; about the things we give up in the face of adversity; and about how to survive when life turns out differently from what we thought we signed up for.

Title:Morningside Heights
ISBN:9781524748357
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    Morningside Heights Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Poignant, well analyzed, realistically written bittersweet story with its well developed, layered middle class New Yorker characters. Such a great novel: Easy to read, easy to connect with the charac...

  • Jill

    One of the most satisfying reading experiences is when you feel that the writer is speaking directly to you and that, in a strange parallel universe, you are somehow connected.So it was with Morningsi...

  • Nina Sankovitch

    I loved this book, a captivating chronicle of family love and family dysfunction, of the many ways we try to understand each other and how we fail, and yet we try again, and again. The love between pa...

  • Denise

    I have been a fan of Joshua Henkin for years, and I loved this very readable novel. Spence Robin is a Shakespeare scholar who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. His wife, Pru Steiner, who is h...

  • Joey Gremillion

    Finished this book in two days. To say that Mr. Henkin’s storytelling is engaging is an understatement. It’s phenomenal....

  • Dana Sachs

    What happens to a family when the person who has been holding it together begins to fall apart? Joshua Henkin’s masterful Morningside Heights explores that question as Spence Robin, a renowned Shake...

  • Mary Lins

    Oh, what a delight to instantly become immersed in Joshua Henkin’s latest novel, “Morningside Heights”! Henkin’s writing is so intimate and real; I was happily pulled into the fascinating stor...

  • Carla Bayha

    The first page of Henkin’s engrossing novel has our protagonist meeting her life partner in Ann Arbor, so of course I’m going to continue reading it. The additional scenes that take place in Brook...

  • Marion

    I read the first two chapters of this book and I couldn’t stomach anymore. I have so much to say about this novel, but I don’t think a full-fledged analysis is what I should do right now. My brain...

  • Janis

    We’re hearing a lot lately about how we’re all connected, all in this together – and I kept thinking about that as I read Joshua Henkin’s Morningside Heights. This is the story of a woman, and...