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The Condition by Jennifer Haigh
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Mar 21, 2009

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Read in March, 2009

This book is a good second best to The Corrections or "Six Feet Under"- a family drama, told in turn from each of the five member's perspective, complete with a gay son, a daughter with Turner's syndrome, a son with ADHD, an overbearing mom, and absent scientific father.

At first I thought it was going to be a cliche of heterosexuality - the book starts from the mom's perspective obsessing about whether or not her husband loves her, finds her attractive, is having affairs with younger and more beautiful women. The book is full of cliched lines but the characters get deeper. Each of the characters had a distinct (but not devicive) personality and I enjoyed their lives tangling and untangling and the details of the complicated impact their family had on them. Plus, the author had a feminist/liberal approach that I appreciate.

Still something fell flat, maybe because it lacked the fantastical nature that both The Corrections and "Six Feet Under" have.
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