Bookmarks Magazine's Reviews > The Brambles
by Eliza Minot
The author is the youngest of the seven siblings in her family and was seven when her mother died. Her father was an alcoholic, and the brothers and sisters had to fend for themselves much of the time. In addition to Eliza Minot's first novel, The Tiny One (1999), which focuses on the loss of a parent, Minot's siblings Susan (Monkeys) and George (The Blue Bowl) have also written about their family crises. The Brambles goes beyond individual coping mechanisms to explore the interactions of a family in unhappy, stressful circumstances. The exemplary prose and richly detailed characterizations take the lead, relegating the sometimes sketchy details of the plot and timeline to a distant second place. While some reviewers see more of the Brambles' love and warmth for one another and others notice more of their incompatibilities and disconnects, all seem to think their story is worth reading.
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.