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Wow--this is not a "light read"! For a fairly short book it is very heavy. It is the story of a family told in three parts from 3 people's perspectives: Ed Lawson, the father's part is told via his friend; the mother Josephine's part is told through her journal; and daughter Althea tells her own part with some clarity and some streams of consciousness. The author does a very good job of portraying the deep sadness, desperation and disconnect between the characters...and the painful and tragic li...more
A heavy little book about the sins, mistakes, dreams and secrets of a father, mother and daughter. Sounds interesting but it didn't quite work for me. The father's account was too distant, the mother's diary too depressing and the daughter's explanations simply came too late. Neither really came to life or got me hooked. Sorry!