I was so fond of Henry, Himself that I wanted to read O’Nan’s other two books about the Maxwell family. Wish You Were Here describes the family’s visit to their house in Chautauqua the year after Henry’s death. Emily, Henry’s wife, wants to sell the home which has been a summer haven for the Maxwell’s for three generations. We see the same characters and learn what has happened to them several years after Henry, Himself. Emily, Alone occurs about eight years after Wish You Were Here. O’Nan presents us with the same family members, but Emily is the focal point of the plot..
I thoroughly enjoyed all three novels. Although I missed Henry in these last two books(he is a lovable, genuine, realistic character), it was a joy to read more about this family and discover how each member was getting on.