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The O'Briens by Peter Behrens
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Recommended to Cheri by: JRG
Read from March 19 to 24, 2012, read count: 1

Epic family story spanning from pre-turn-of-the-century to the 1960s, Peter Behrens tells not only the story of The O'Briens, but the story of America and the changes both endure through those ages. Beautifully written, Behrens digs deep into the heart and soul of each character.

"Frankie wondered if what she was feeling could be called grief. People would say it was, of course they would, but it was hard to collate her feelings into a single noun. Grief suggested a stately music that her feelings entirely lacked. They were as squalid and messy as dirty sheets in a room reeking of last night's cigarette smoke. Her grief was charred with resentment and tasted foul."
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