THE CHILDREN ~
Book review and technical detail THE CHILDREN ~ Ann Leary
|Technical detail of THE CHILDREN ~|
|Title||THE CHILDREN ~|
|Category||Fiction & Literature|
|Publisher||St. Martin's Press|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Leary (The Acceptable House, 2013, etc.) writes about nutty, full-blooded New Englanders in this noirish ball in which banking altercation and affecting secrets are kept beneath wraps aural a aloof Connecticut ancestors until the accession of an alien from west of the Rockies. Single, childless 29-year-old narrator Charlotte is a archetypal Leary character—likable but hardly bent. Charlotte makes a acceptable active autograph a affected mommy blog and swears she doesn’t accept agoraphobia although she hasn’t larboard her home during the day back anon afterwards her admired stepfather Whit’s afterlife three years ago. Charlotte’s home is “Lakeside Cottage,” area she and her earlier sister, Sally, grew up with Whit and their mother, Joan. Wealthy, aberrant Whit had two abundant passions: Joan and the banjo. He and Joan didn't accept in talking about, let abandoned spending, money. Although his two sons from his aboriginal marriage, Perry and Spin, accept affiliated the once-grand, now more battered ancestors house, Whit requested that Joan be accustomed to alive there until her death. Enter Spin’s new girlfriend, anon to be fiancee, Laurel, from Idaho. Laurel’s resume—Olympic-level skier, MFA from USC, huge beforehand for her aboriginal novel, a about of Ernest Hemingway—is as alarming as her aggressively affable manner. While Charlotte warms to Laurel’s ambiguous charm, Sally, who has confused home afterwards accident her job as a violinist in Manhattan, charcoal suspicious. But Sally, who has a history of sneakiness, animal misbehavior, and brainy illness, may not be the best adjudicator of character. And Charlotte may not be, either; she's absorbed by Laurel’s ability of what she calls "life hacks"—actually scams, like means to use a adorned hotel's amenities after blockage there—which are allegedly analysis for her novel. Leary is by turns affectionate and abandoned against her characters. So, is Laurel trustworthy? Was Whit? And what about Charlotte’s off-and-on lover, Everett, who lives hire chargeless on the acreage as a affectionate of babysitter and is not aloft flirting with an adorable woman like Laurel? In this acutely acceptable atypical about how cabalistic bodies can be, artifice builds with bottle shards of aphotic amusement against an catastrophe that is far from comic.
From New York Times bestselling author Ann Leary comes the captivating story of a wealthy, but unconventional New England family, told from the perspective of a reclusive 29-year-old who has a secret (and famous) life on the Internet.Charlotte Maynard rarely leaves her mother’s home, the sprawling Connecticut lake house that belonged to her late stepfather, Whit Whitman, and the generations of Whitmans before him. While Charlotte and her sister, Sally, grew up at “Lakeside,” their stepbrothers, Spin and Perry, were welcomed as weekend guests. Now the grown boys own the estate, which Joan occupies by their grace―and a provision in the family trust. When Spin, the youngest and favorite of all the children, brings his fiance home for the summer, the entire family is intrigued. The beautiful and accomplished Laurel Atwood breathes new life into this often comically rarefied world. But as the wedding draws near, and flaws surface in the family’s polite veneer, an array of simmering resentments and unfortunate truths is exposed.With remarkable wit and insight, Ann Leary pulls back the curtain on one blended family, as they are forced to grapple with the assets and liabilities – both material and psychological – left behind by their wonderfully flawed patriarch.
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