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"This book is sharply written and hilarious - particularly the…"
This book is sharply written and hilarious - particularly the mother. Although none of the characters are very likeable, the book is a joy and so well written - also a short and easy read for busy mums.Read moreLess
"a stupendous book. by the end you love all…"
a stupendous book. by the end you love all of the main characters (huge) flaws and all. beautifully written, and so alive, these people stay with you for a long time afterwards. a great book about family dysfunctionality and love.Read moreLess
"A family in crisis is always going to be a…"
A family in crisis is always going to be a good premise for a novel and the situation in this book is no exception. Except for the prelude, the the story takes place in Manhatten in 2002 and centres around the Litvinoff family. At the end of the first chapter, however, the father, Joel, a radical lawyer suffers a stroke on his way to court and spends the rest of the book in a coma. This leaves his wife, english-born Audrey and her 3 children (2 daughters and one adopted son) who we watch struggle with the loss of Joel and the problems within their own lives and relationships. There's no shortage of problems here - Lenny's a relapsed drug addict, Karla is in a loveless marriage and Rosa is converting to orthodox judaism, much to the horror of her atheist mother. With the exception of Karla and Audrey's friend, none of the characters are particularly likeable - something I found quite strange but at the same time quite compelling - like when you can't stop watching someone arguing in a public place. I actually wanted to reach out and give Audrey a slap at times.
Zoe Heller's writing is absorbing with fabulous details which bring the book to life. I'll def be reading her other novels. I enjoyed this book very much but still can't bear Audrey!Read moreLess