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Rules for Visiting (Large Print / Library Binding)

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May Attaway shares the house she grew up in with her aging father, although their relationship is distant.  She watches her neighbors with detachment.  She is a skilled professional gardener who leaves her own yard untended.  She feels she may even neglect her cat.

As May approaches 40 she ponders the value others place on friendship, and her lack of close friends.  She embarks on a personal odyssey to visit four friends from her past.  As she visits each in turn, trying to be a perfect guest, she rekindles old closeness and learns that these women are also struggling daily.  Even people who seem to have everything struggle, but often friendship and love are the rewards.

This book gently explores friendship and personal identity with humor and insight. May is not an epic hero, but we can all learn to keep in touch.

— Anne

A thoroughly delightful book that will make you chuckle and warm your cold, cold heart. If you’re looking to cozy up and escape, then here is your ticket. 

May Attaway is a single, 40-year-old professional gardener on a quest to discover the meaning of friendship. Family history, fun botany, and sisterhood travel intertwine in this lovely tale of seek and you shall find. 

This book completely charmed me and I’ll be recommending it to many, many friends.

— Peggy

May 2019 Indie Next List

“A skillful writer can show how things that seem unrelated are actually intertwined. In this way, Kane quietly reminds us that friendships and plants may be deeply rooted but need tending to bloom completely, that words matter, that going back to their roots may change how we think about what we say, and that a quiet life can be a full one. This gentle book grows on you (the puns just keep coming), but it is a refreshing change from the stresses of our digital age or the angst of so many recent books about contemporary life. Entertaining and erudite, I highly recommend this book.”
— Ann Carlson, Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC


A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel about May Attaway, a university gardener with unexpected time off who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year.

About the Author

Jessica Francis Kane is the author of This Close, The Report, and Bending Heaven. This Close was longlisted for The Story Prize and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize, and The Report was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection and a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in a number of publications, including Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's, The Missouri Review, The Yale Review, A Public Space, and Granta.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432867898
ISBN-10: 143286789X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: September 11th, 2019
Pages: 369
Language: English