We’re excited to announce the Statesman Selects pick for March is The Carriage House by Louisa Hall! We’re proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman to highlight one title each month that you shouldn’t miss. If it’s a Statesman Selects pick, you know it’s bound to be a good read. Pick up the Sunday edition of the Statesman on March 17 to read their feature review of The Carriage House. Join us here at BookPeople on Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm when Louisa Hall speaks about and signs her new novel.
Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Hall’s debut novel finds the patriarch of the wealthy Adair family reconciling all he had hoped (and expected) his three beautiful, talented, tennis star daughters would achieve with the truth of their decline into adulthood. Central to the story is the fight to save the carriage house, built by William Adair’s grandfather and in danger of being torn down. Hall explores themes of identity and family, forgiveness and place. Here she talks more about what inspired her to write the novel:
In a Q&A with her publisher, Hall explained, “The desire to make our parents proud is one of the strongest shaping forces in life. For a child – no matter how old – it’s completely crushing to suspect that you have disappointed your parents….Some of my favorite works of fiction feature parents who vent their frustration with their children in memorable ways: much of Shakespeare, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park, Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day, Marilynne Robinson’s Home, and lots of Philip Roth novels. We live in the thrall of our parents’ pride, and therefore their potential disappointment.”
While this is her first novel, Louisa Hall is an established award-winning poet. Her poetry has appeared in The New Republic, The Southwest Review, and elsewhere. Her proclivity with language is readily apparent on the pages of The Carriage House. The sentences move the story along at a steady clip.
Copies of The Carriage House are now available on our shelves! You can also pre-order signed copies of the book in advance of Louisa Hall’s event here. Just give us a call 512-472-5050 or order via our website.