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Seriously … It’s Already Monday Again?

November 7, 2010

This weekly meme is hosted by the lovely Sheila at Book Journey.

What I’m Reading Now:

from Publisher’s Weekly: dysfunctional New England family struggles toward normalcy in this poignant novel from PEN/Hemingway-winner Haigh, who follows the children of resentful, controlling, Paulette and distracted, needy Frank. Even during a childhood in idyllic Cape Cod, there are hints of a rocky future. When that future arrives, Billy, the most successful of the children, keeps a secret about his sophisticated New York life from almost everyone. Scott, formerly the uncontrollable brat of the bunch, sees himself in his own troubled son. Meanwhile, Gwen suffers from a genetic condition that prevents her from developing into womanhood. The story starts slowly, and while the setup feels familiar (a fractured New England family), the children take unexpected turns that shake up the narrative, leading to the most surprising twist of all: despite the sobering events chronicled, there’s a strong nod to the healing power of love. Haigh allows the reader to sympathize with each of the family members, and, in turn, to see their flaws and better understand them.

My daughter chose this book for me; it was a birthday gift. I guess she knows I have a weakness for dysfunctional families. 🙂 In movies and literature, that is — in real life, they’re not so much fun. So far, I’m finding this book hard to put down. It’s a testament to the author’s gift that I have been so sucked into this story when I kind of dislike the characters. There is a certain thread of snobbery and superiority that runs through this family. And although I’m pretty tolerant, that really pushes a button with me. I’m looking forward to reviewing this novel.

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  1. givingreadingachance permalink
    November 8, 2010 12:04 am

    Oh Yes, it is Monday already! It was a Diwali weekend for us here and it feels so sad to have ended :)I am glad you are liking the book, I am not sure yet if I like books featuring dysfunctional families, I have not read many.

  2. November 8, 2010 2:14 am

    Looks like your daughter chose a great one for you.

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  3. November 8, 2010 3:49 am

    I’ve enjoyed some fiction by Ayelet Waldman…I’ve had my eye on the Bad Mother collection for awhile.

    Here’s my Monday:

  4. November 8, 2010 3:56 am

    The Condition sounds really interesting and I look forward to your review, I am hoping to add it to my list. Have a wonderful week reading. My Monday:

  5. November 8, 2010 4:31 am

    I don’t why but I also have a weakness for dysfunctional family stories. I’ll have to add this one to my list.

  6. November 8, 2010 4:53 am

    That book sounds really interesting, I can’t wait to see what you think of it. I’ll have to add it to my TBR pile 🙂

    My week is here:

  7. November 8, 2010 5:24 am

    The Condition sounds good – I like books like this too. 🙂 I have Broken Birds too and an hoping it is as good as it sounds.

  8. November 8, 2010 6:55 am

    The Condition sounds like an interesting read! Happy reading this week 🙂

  9. November 8, 2010 8:49 am

    Wow you had an awesome week. Lots read and reviewed. Mine was pretty pathetic. The Condition sounds very interesting. Hope you have a great week!

  10. November 8, 2010 8:50 am

    Somehow, dysfunctional families make good reading, makes us firmer in our belief that we’re “normal”! I’m reading a classic at the moment, “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles. No, I had never heard of it either… 😉

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  11. November 8, 2010 9:53 am

    I confess I’m also a fan of dysfunctional family stories, makes my own seem so much better LOL. Glad you’re enjoying The Condition. I’m off to check out your review of Between Mom and Jo. Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂

  12. November 8, 2010 10:49 am

    Yes, I too like dysfunctional family stories. I’m going to add this book to my TBR pile.

    Nice to visit another WordPress site, too!

  13. November 8, 2010 1:07 pm

    I am a dysfunctional family reader too, glad I am not the only one.

  14. November 8, 2010 3:02 pm

    That looks like a really interesting book! I might have to check it out! Hope you have a great week!


  15. November 8, 2010 4:42 pm

    It is cool that your daughter picked out that book for you, it sounds good. My daughter’s look at my huge TBR pile and don’t think about buying me a book, they shake their ends and say “mom, you need another bookcase.” 🙂


  16. November 8, 2010 6:55 pm

    I received for review Expiation by Greg Messel from Author Solutions.

  17. November 9, 2010 3:00 am

    It’s cool your daughter was able to pick out a good book for you. I always struggle trying to pick out books for family.

  18. November 9, 2010 5:07 am

    A great list of books…Happy Reading!

  19. November 9, 2010 3:02 pm

    I’m not a fan of snobbery and superiority either. Looking forward to your final thoughts!

  20. November 9, 2010 11:27 pm

    I read The Condition a few years ago. I liked it alot, interesting to see how a family deals with a diagnosis…

    Have you read Mrs Kimble? I enjoyed The Conidition more, it does get bogged down a bit but you feel like you are reading a families story (which I love).

  21. November 10, 2010 3:33 pm

    My sister just gave me this book to read so I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying it so much. Makes me look forward to it even more since she had praise for it as well 🙂 Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it when you are finished. Have a great week!

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