Author(s): Carolyn Parkhurst
How far will a mother go to save her family? The Hammond family is living in Washington DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly - a mix of off-the-charts genius and social incompetence - is on the autistic spectrum. Once Tilly is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother Alexandra is at her wits' end. The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child behaviour 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 Alexandra and her younger daughter, eleven-year-old Iris, this is an unputdownable story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable.
Gorgeously written and patently original Jodi Picoult Parkhurst confounds expectations. If this novel is part Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and part We Need to Talk About Kevin, it also contains shades of Lord of the Flies. For this, young Iris is the perfect narrator ... A fascinating novel, at once challenging and compassionate, thrilling and thoughtful. It asks tough questions about what happens to people who don't fit predetermined patterns, and what it means to be normal -- Katy Guest Guardian Parkhurst cements herself as a writer capable of astonishing humanity and exquisite prose Washington Post Propulsive ... Everything from the parents' desperation to the camp's creepy vibe feels vividly real, and this provocative page-turner also invites important, broader conversations about autism. People, Book of the Week Darkly funny and suspenseful, with a palpable sense of dread that propels readers toward anticipatory horror ... [Parkhurst] writes Tilly profoundly, as an audacious girl fascinated by a world that will not bend to her. USA Today [Parkhurst's] terrific prose is matched by compassion and a sense of humor ... the beautifully written Harmony is her best work, a haunting, creepy but ultimately moving story of love and family Miami Herald Suspenseful, moving, and full of inspiration and insight Kirkus Reviews A gripping, timely novel Kim Edwards The perfect blend of humor, suspense, and compassion ... absolutely riveting Jami Attenberg Deeply honest, heartbreakingly funny ... a novel of deep compassion Susan Richards Shreve Gorgeously written and patently original Jodi Picoult Carolyn Parkhurst has composed the perfect blend of humor, suspense, and compassion in this 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, author of THE MIDDLESTEINS and SAINT MAZIE In HARMONY, the fiercely talented Carolyn Parkhurst fuses compelling social drama with riveting storytelling. Without an ounce of sugarcoating, the author leads readers into Camp Harmony-transfixing them until the startling conclusion. Randy Susan Meyers, author of ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE Wildly ambitious and eerily unsettling, this is a novel that burns with love, wisdom and rare grace. I loved this book. Caroline Leavitt, author of IS THIS TOMORROW and PICTURES OF YOU Fast-paced and heartfelt Helen Ellis, author of AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE Quite simply stunning. In this page-turning novel about one small family, Carolyn Parkhurst explores the complicated business of "normal," and the distances parents will go in search of what their children need. Compelling, thought provoking, surprising, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting, HARMONY is a novel that will change the way you think. I am so glad to have read this book. Meg Waite Clayton, author of THE RACE FOR PARIS and THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS Every child has the potential to break a parent's heart. In this gripping, timely novel, Carolyn Parkhurst follows the Hammond family as they give up everything to build a community that will allow both their daughters to thrive, an experiment that tests their resilience - and ultimately reveals the healing power of love. Kim Edwards, author of THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER This deeply honest, heartbreakingly funny novel is the story of a family with a difficult child. Though we know from the start that something dark and dramatic will happen, how Parkhurst creates a novel of deep compassion is remarkable. I read HARMONY in one sitting. Susan Richards Shreve, author of YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE
Carolyn Parkhurst is the author of three novels: Lorelei's Secret (published in the US as The Dogs of Babel) and Lost and Found, which were both New York Times bestsellers, and The Nobodies Album. In 2010, she published her first children's book, Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. Born in New Hampshire, she lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their two children.