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Rules for Visiting (Large Print / Library Binding)

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This is the perfect novel to pick up for a summer read. Forty-year-old May, living with her dad and working as a gardener, is realizing the isolation that surrounds her. Receiving unexpected time off from work- she makes a big decision to visit the four closest friends she has had in life, searching for meaning, self reflection, and friendship. In a world of superficial internet relationships, May connects us all to the importance of in person connections and to the fullness in nature’s silence.

— Tonya

May 2019 Indie Next List

“A skillful writer can show how things that seem unrelated are actually intertwined. In this way, Kane quietly reminds us that friendships and plants may be deeply rooted but need tending to bloom completely, that words matter, that going back to their roots may change how we think about what we say, and that a quiet life can be a full one. This gentle book grows on you (the puns just keep coming), but it is a refreshing change from the stresses of our digital age or the angst of so many recent books about contemporary life. Entertaining and erudite, I highly recommend this book.”
— Ann Carlson, Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC


A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel about May Attaway, a university gardener with unexpected time off who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year.

About the Author

Jessica Francis Kane is the author of This Close, The Report, and Bending Heaven. This Close was longlisted for The Story Prize and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize, and The Report was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection and a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in a number of publications, including Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's, The Missouri Review, The Yale Review, A Public Space, and Granta.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781432867898
ISBN-10: 143286789X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: September 11th, 2019
Pages: 369
Language: English