This book was funny, insightful, and heartbreaking all at once, told from the point of view of one character as both a child and an adult.
This was a very interesting and compelling book. The book seemed to start out a little slow, flipping back and forth between the past and the present. At times I felt sorry for the adult Rebecca because she is married to a man that does not love her. When she gets pregnant, Alastair convinces her to get an abortion. After making a family tree, she realizes that her grandmother and grandfather were first cousins. Her father and aunt are lovers. While her mother is giving a party at their house, she kills herself in the bathroom. Sometimes a lot of the stuff that happens in the book is hard to keep track of.
Very enjoyable novel. Cultural studies graduate student Rebecca switches between narration on her crumbing marriage to a geneticist and on her family's own troubled history. For once, I thought the use of footnotes in a novel was not overly precious, as the narrator uses them to interject information on the pop culture topics she studies.
This book is a funny/sad commentary on a family that we can all relate to!
I really liked this book! I read an advanced reader's copy. I hope the author didn't change much in the final product, because it was very good. Carole goes back and forth in time as she deals with one family. She does a very good job at keeping the reader from getting confused. Sometimes, I can't read books that flip around because the author is not deft enough to pull it off. The characters are very interesting and I couldn't put it down at the end, staying up an hour past my bedtime to do so. The only complaint I have is what seems to be the style these days: The chapters get shorter and shorter at the end until they are only a series of one pagers. I don't care for that style. Otherwise, a very insightful, thoughtful, interesting book!
This review relates to the audio version, but I really think the book version would be a very good read.
I have to say that is author's book was a masterpiece. So well written, so deep, and so well constructed. If this kind of book is your thing you wont be disappointed. There are many parts about sex, that really fit the story, as the kids are trying to figure how stuff about life, that might offend some readers. For instance my mother would not read something like this. I would, but have to admit that right the beginning, it was mildly uncomfortable that the two young girls are looking up stuff in the dictionary trying to figure out Missionary position. The dictionary was not much help as you can guess. But who didnt look up those words when we were kids? I also loved the unfolding of the story and how the reality of what happened changed as the characters look backwards and forwards. Very well done.
On the day that Lady Diana married Prince Charles Rebecca's mother locked herself in the bathroom and never came out. According to Rebecca's scientist husband, our genes control our fate, but Rebecca isn't sure. Leaving everything to science allow little room in our
lives for the events that shape our lives.
What truly makes us who we are??
This is a funny book about a family that is a bit odd to say the least. For example, on the day that Lady Diana married Prince Charles, one of them characters locked herself in her bedroom and never came out.