Listen Jane Hamilton reads the opening of "When Madeline was Young"
Listen Jane Hamilton and "When Madeline was Young"
Listen Author Jane Hamilton talks with MPR's Euan Kerr
Early on in Jane Hamilton's new novel "When Madeline was Young," Mac the narrator discovers what he thinks is a family secret.
He'd always assumed that the glamorous but brain-damaged woman living in their home was an aunt. It turns out that Madeline is actually his father's first wife, who had been injured in a bicycle crash. As in her other novels, "The Book of Ruth" and "Map of the World," Hamilton weaves a tale of family love and conflict.