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W. W. Norton & Company
<p><strong>The renowned biographer’s unforgettable portrait of a family in ruins—his own.</strong></p> Meet the Baileys: Burck, a prosperous lawyer once voted the American Legion’s “Citizen of the Year” in his tiny hometown of Vinita, Oklahoma; his wife Marlies, who longs to recapture her festive life in Greenwich Village as a pretty young German immigrant, fresh off the boat; their addled son Scott, who repeatedly crashes the family Porsche; and Blake, the younger son, trying to find a way through the storm. “You’re gonna be just like me,” a drunken Scott taunts him. “You’re gonna be <em>worse</em>.” <p>Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Blake Bailey has been hailed as “addictively readable” (<em>New York Times</em>) and praised for his ability to capture lives “compellingly and in harrowing detail” (<em>Time</em>). <em>The Splendid Things We Planned</em> is his darkly funny account of growing up in the shadow of an erratic and increasingly dangerous brother, an exhilarating and sometimes harrowing story that culminates in one unforgettable Christmas.</p> 6 photographs