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Wish You Were Here by Stewart O'Nan
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Dec 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from December 18 to 27, 2011

Wish You Were Here is a story of family and all that makes it wonderful and awful at the same time. Realistic in dialogue and with a varied and strong list of characters it tells the story of three generations of a family gathering for a final weeks' stay at their lake cottage. The father has died several months before and his widow Emily has decided to sell the cottage after one last family vacation. To the reader no conversation, thought, action or character reflection is missed. We are in this family for the week as they are, for better or worse. Emily, her two adult children Meg and Ken, Lisa wife of Ken, four grandchildren and Arlene the spinster sister-in-law are all packed into one little cottage where tempers, jealously and old grudges are always ready to surface. There is not a typical "end" in this story but for that its' realism is more profound. This is not an edge of your seat roller coaster ride of excitement type of story, rather one to be wandered through over time and enjoyed for the sake of a well written story of how families get through life and death and growing up.

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