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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Dogs of Babel, a taut, emotionally wrenching story of how a seemingly "normal" family could become desperate enough to leave everything behind and move to a "family camp" in New Hampshire - a life-changing experience that alters them forever.

How far will a mother go to save her family? The Hammond family is living in DC, where everything seems to be going just fine until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly, is developing abnormally - a mix of off-the-charts genius and social incompetence. Once Tilly - whose condition is deemed undiagnosable - is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother, Alexandra, is out of ideas.

The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child-behavior guru Scott Bean for a solution. But what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit.

Told from the alternating perspectives of both Alexandra and her younger daughter, Iris (the book's Nick Carraway), this is a pause-resisting story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable.

©2016 Carolyn Parkhurst (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Gorgeously written and patently original." (Jodi Picoult, New York Times best-selling author of Leaving Time)
"In this gripping, timely novel, Carolyn Parkhurst follows the Hammond family as they give up everything...and ultimately reveals the healing power of love." (Kim Edwards, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter)
"A fascinating tale of a family taking a crazy risk to save themselves. I read it in one giant gulp - Harmony is absolutely riveting." (Jami Attenberg, New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins)

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Beautiful

This is beautifully narrated. The writing has a unique way of pulling at ALL of your parental heartstrings. I love the way the story is told from the perspective of the children and the mother. Totally worth every second of your time. My only complaint is that I didn't want it to end!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The different child.

As we grew up in a family of a very different brother we were unaware of autism. Understanding came late in his life but now we all appreciate the books and the talks on this interesting condition. Compassion instead of thinking he was a little crazy and mad. A good read for me. Thank you. And yes he finally found his wings in his mid fifties. Sandra

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Heart warming and thought provoking<br />

A very realistic perspective on living life as a family with an autistic child.
Highly recommend to all who want to understand the world of families with special needs children.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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compelling story

Would you listen to Harmony again? Why?

I won't listen to Harmony again,but I will recommend it to a frend or two

What other book might you compare Harmony to and why?

Harmony is unique, I guess I can only compare it to other books written by this writer

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

lots of variety in voices to differentiate the three characters from each other.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At first, no - but then I felt more comfortable with the subject matter ( I have a child who has issue similar to one of the characters in the book), and I could relate to all of the characters in some manner.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I kept waiting for this book to get to the point

I didn't care for this book because it seemed like you didn't really have a point. I only stuck with it see if it got better. I was very disappointed. The narrators were very good

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wow

At first I thought this was going to be a real good book, what was the ending all about?! I have know Idea what point was being made by the author.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful