Seven Days of Us

Seven Days of Us

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"A warm, wry, sharply observed debut novel about what happens when a family is forced to spend a week together in quarantine over the holidays... It's Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew's elder daughter--who is usually off saving the world--will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she's been told she must stay in quarantine for a week...and so too should her family. For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity--and even decent Wi-FI--and forced into each other's orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems. As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down. In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who's about to arrive..."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451488756
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hornak, Francesca
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 09, 2018

A family is quarantined together over Christmas, after the eldest daughter returns home from her time working as a doctor in an infectious disease crisis. Tensions arise, arguments ensue, secrets come to light ... will the family survive their week locked in together? Seven Days of Us is a easy, fun read you'll get through over a weekend. The story is told through the perspective of each character, which is always a useful plot device. There are some plot holes regarding this invented disease, Haag (assume it's a fictional ebola-like virus), that I found distracting and unrealistic ... but that's mostly me being picky. I wouldn't say this book stood out to me, but it was fine.

Jun 14, 2018

This book reveals the influence of technology and short attention spans with its very short chapters and single ideas. The story is of a family forced to spend seven days together in Norfolk over Christmas. Amazingly, all their issues are resolved!

May 23, 2018

I found this to be a bit comical - as the reader, you see the different perspectives of each family member on a few key situations. A good read overall.

Mar 25, 2018

Locked together for 7 days because of Olivia’s return from Africa where she’s been working at a hospital dealing with an epidemic. The family needs to be quarantined. During this time they learn a lot about each other and themselves. Its not a British farce but at times with people coming in and out, it had the appearance of a farce without the humor.

ArapahoeDonna Feb 06, 2018

With secrets and answers to secrets around every corner of this mansion, you can't help but get sucked in to this story! The family is familiar to modern day families and is easy to relate to. You know someone in your own life that is exactly like these characters and you can't help but compare them! With easy to read text and chapters, the author Francesca Hornak is able to keep you engaged right to the very end. I recommend this novel to anyone who needs to clear their mind with a good story.
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JessicaGma Jan 15, 2018

I wasn't sure if I'd like the book, but it sucked me in from the first page. Nothing like an enforced quarantine from an exotic disease (fake thank goodness) to make a family come together over the holidays. I enjoyed all the characters immensely, and liked where the story went. It's a great read.

Jan 13, 2018

Really impressed. Stayed up late to finish, fast read but very engaging.

ehbooklover Dec 26, 2017

I loved the concept of a dysfunctional family forced to spend time together. I grew to really love the characters despite their (many) flaws. The pace started out quite slowly but by the end, I couldn't wait to pick up the book and I spent long periods of time reading "just one more" of the ultra-short chapters. An engaging, emotional read with some fun, lighthearted moments.

Dec 12, 2017

Want to know your family better? Spend a week over Christmas confined to your aging ancestral home. The Birch family is quarantined in Weyfield Hall, with their secrets spilled nearly every day. I smiled and sometimes laughed out loud. A nifty examination of family dynamics!

DBRL_ANNEG Dec 11, 2017

Holiday family drama abounds in this story of a British family whose members are quarantined for a week over Christmas when the oldest daughter returns from treating infectious disease in Africa. The story unwinds a bit slowly at first, but picks up speed in the second half as several family secrets come to light.

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jabberbooky Nov 13, 2017

Great holiday read! Entertaining and funny.


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