Friday, July 6, 2012

"Still waters run very deep in thie very intriguing read," says Jackie

"Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go by any rules. They're not like aches or wounds; they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is a simply complicated story, as all stories are when it involves estranged family trying work as "one big happy" unit.  It involves Richard, a wealthy doctor who finds himself in some hot water, and his family (second wife, step daughter) and Angela, Richard's sister and her family: underemployed husband, jock son, her very religious (or maybe not) teenage daughter and her very young, happy-go lucky, baby of the family (in more ways than one) energetic son.  As a way to buttress up the family after the death of Richard and Angela's mother, they all agree to spend a holiday week in a rural Wales house.  Tensions, secrets, and fantasies all play out to full awkward and/or poignant drama as this family in name only tries to become a family in reality.  This is a very British sort of book, with their typical emotional repression, but still waters run very deep in this very intriguing read.


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