Publisher: Harper Collins
Date published: January 2010
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained via Publisher
The Haas family, the father a once-brilliant playwright. The mother, a struggling actress and four children. The siblings have grown up in a family composed of sometimes glamour, sometimes neglect. Their family bond is very fragile and when their father dies this is all they have to rely on. They need to remember what it means to be a family and although some are selfish, many mistakes and wrong decisions are made, the bond of a family is seldom broken. Their struggle, as anyone with siblings can tell you, can not only bring you to tears but make you laugh as well.
This is a story that will reach right into your heart. Each chapter is told from another member of the family’s point of view. The siblings are all very different from each other. Finn has problems with alcohol. Kate is busy with her career. George is gay and Amy is the youngest. Their mother, Marilyn has her own demons to deal with. This story spans their childhood, teenage years and later adulthood. It’s a story that will make you laugh and cry. It’s a story that may make you look into the relationships of your own family. It’s definitely a story that will have you contemplating on one level or another. It’s a page turner and I was glad to have been able to read this story. It isn’t one that I would normally pick up off the shelf. The author cleverly gives her readers characters she can relate to. I can highly recommend it!
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.