Cover of book The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait by Blake Bailey

The renowned biographer’s unforgettable portrait of a family in ruins—his own.Meet the Baileys: Burck, a prosperous lawyer once voted the American Legion’s “Citizen of the Year” in his tiny hometown of Vinita, Oklahoma; his wife Marlies, who longs to recapture her festive life in Greenwich Village as a pretty young German immigrant, fresh off the boat; their addled son Sc

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