The Birthdays Author:Heidi Pitlor On an island off the coast of Maine, the Miller family reunites to celebrate the father's seventy-fifth birthday. Each of the adult children is expecting a first child, and at the same time each is at a major crossroads in life. — The eldest, Daniel, still reeling from a car accident that has left him a paraplegic, is also grappling with the ... more »fact that his wife had to be artificially inseminated. Jake, the middle child, discovers that his wife is carrying twins after many trying years of fertility treatments. Hilary—the free-spirited youngest daughter—arrives in Maine five months pregnant with no identifiable father in sight.
As the family gathers, something shattering happens from which no one will emerge the same. The Birthdays deftly explores the myriad ways of seeking sustenance after disappointment or loss.« less
Just read this - a great read if you love the coast of Maine. Also great if you have a family with "complicated" members. It helps to understand their quirks and gets into the heads of every person in your family.
After having read so many reviews of how much they disliked this book on Goodreads, and then the opposite on here, I was unsure of what to expect. I however, found this book to be refreshingly real. I was annoyed by the characterization of Ellen, the mother. I found her to be self-absorbed and grating. The brother, Jake, was over the top with his pushiness, but that was the author's point. All the flaws the characters displayed were magnified for fiction, but true in nature. And in a person's worse case scenario, emotions are heightened. The author's wording was unique, and I felt drawn into the circle. My one true complaint was how abruptly the book ended. I much prefer a conclusion that wraps up loose ends or promises me a sequel, and this book ended without any of that and almost in the middle of a sentence. It did not detract totally from my overall impression of the book. Good read!
It's a great book in which the author depicts how an emotionally divided family comes together for a celebration. As the great event that brings them to see each other after some time apart unexpected events unfold.