Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty
Labor Day, 1976, Martha's Vineyard. Summering at the family beach house along this moneyed coast of New England, Fern and Edgar—married with three children—are happily preparing for a family birthday celebration when they learn that the unimaginable has occurred: There is no more money. More specifically, there's no more money in the estate of Fern's recently deceased par...more
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This is the kind of novel I have to distance myself from to write about, because I'm flooded right now ...more
I found Fern and Edgar to be two deplorable individuals, never having grown up, both dismissive of their parents’ money, but willing to ...more
Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, which has been so wonderfully received, begins in Martha's Vineyard on Labor Day, 1976, an ...more
This novel has so many layers and pathways for us explore. Are we ever happy with what we have? Does everyone think the grass is greener on the other side? And do we have to lose what we have to appreciate it? This novel asks us all these questions, but we get to form our own opinions. I like that the author doesn't choose the best way or preach a point of view. Our book group will have a lot of great discussions from this novel.
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These characters, although shallow and selfish held my attention as I also appreciated what they were trying to figure out.
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So anyway, when I started Sons and Daughters, I was slightly disappointed, because there wasn't much ...more
Fern and Edgar are married and the parent of three children... Edgar has a little slip, both parents decide they need time to themselves, and somehow their kids get left behind all by themselves??? Cricket, who I absolutely adored, was probably one of the most resourceful nine-year-old I have ever heard of... I kept thinking to myself, I wonder how my kids at that age would have coped if ...more
Fern and Edgar soon spiral into a crisis, caused by fear, self-pity, selfishness, and anger ...more
Wealthy characters, from Gatsby to Mr. Darcy to Miss Havisham, were once a fiction staple. In contemporary novels, however, characters with more moderate incomes tend to rule: Think of the striving immigrant blogger in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah” or Karen Russell’s down-on-its-luck alligator-wrestling family in “Swamplandia!” It’s not easy to make the travails of one-percenters sympathetic to the Costco-shopping rest of us, but if ther ...more
Apparently, it can be done. Ramona Ausubel has written a book called Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, in which a wealthy, happy family is sent into a tailspin when it's discovered tha ...more