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The Family Tabor

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  167 reviews
Harry Tabor is about to be named Man of the Decade, a distinction that feels like the culmination of a life well lived. Gathering together in Palm Springs for the celebration are his wife, Roma, a distinguished child psychologist, and their children: Phoebe, a high-powered attorney; Camille, a brilliant social anthropologist; and Simon, a big-firm lawyer, who brings his gl ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Flatiron Books
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Kaceey - Traveling Sister
I have had this book sitting on my shelf just waiting for the right time. That time was now!

A family drama that will captivate you with the story of the Tabor family. As they come together in Palm Springs to celebrate the patriarch of the family Harry Tabor being honored as “Man of The decade.”

Each member of the family have their own demons and secrets they have kept hidden. Including Harry himself. What will be revealed? And ultimately how will this family move forward?

This is a very slow
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
(I’m on vacation, and I’ve been reading, reading, reading! Lots of reviews coming! 🏖 💕)

4 thoughtful and introspective stars to The Family Tabor! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Last summer, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby was on all the must-read lists. I bought it, but unfortunately, I have not read it yet, so I went in to The Family Tabor with no knowledge of Cherise Wolas’ writing style, and I was blown away.

At seventy years old, Harry Tabor is to be named Man of the Decade, a capstone achievement. His family comes
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having read (and loved) Cherise Wolas’ masterful debut novel The Resurrection of Joan Ashby last summer, I went into this book, her sophomore effort The Family Tabor , knowing that I would be treated to yet another beautifully written story with well-developed, realistic characters. Wolas’ writing is exquisite – she is one of those rare talents who is able to take seemingly ordinary, everyday events and turn them into gorgeously rendered scenes, with descriptions that are intricate and richly ...more
Suzanne Leopold
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harry Tabor’s family is getting together to celebrate him winning the prestigious “Man Of The Decade” award. Harry is in his sixties and has been happily married to Roma for decades. This award is weighing heavy on Harry because he doesn’t feel deserving. He has been carrying a heavy secret about the funding for his philanthropic projects over the last three decades. He becomes plagued with memories from his past and the mistakes he has made. Feeling unworthy he seeks to make amends.

His adult c
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
2.5 stars, rounded down
The Family Tabor is Cherise Wolas’ sophomore effort. I had enjoyed her first book, but this one failed to grab me. Harry Tabor is 70 and about to be honored as Man of the Decade by Palm Springs. His family is gathering to help celebrate the honor. We hear from each family member on a chapter by chapter basis. Unfortunately, none of them really interested me. Each of them have their secrets, their own individual dramas. But overall, the group is boring. I kept waiting for s
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
You can find my reviews here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...

“I sustain myself with the love of family.” (Maya Angelou)

The Family Tabor is a multi generational look at how a family comes together to honor a father, discover themselves in the process, and find that their hearts and love are very much intertwined with the happenings of their childhood, their parents, their grandparents and their heritage of being Jewish.

Harry Tabor, has done a lot of good rescuing families, performing com
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Tabor Family is a family of five. Harry is 70 years old and dedicates his life to charitable work, his wife Roma a respected psychologist, Phoebe a lawyer, Camille a successful anthropologist, and Simon is also lawyer. Simon’s wife and two children are joining the gathering in Palm Springs to honor their father, Harry, for Man of the Decade.

This is a well to do family, but success doesn’t guarantee happiness. Each member of this family is harboring secrets. The secrets that Phoebe and Camill
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

Actual rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up.

This was such a beautiful, heartbreaking story.

Wolas once again made me feel deeply for people comprised of ink, who have never and will never draw breath in reality. I’ve never come across another author who has quite her way with presenting the inner thoughts of a fictional character in such a moving, gripping fashion. I feel like I know the Tabors more intimately than many of the flesh and blood people in
Karin Schott
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an uncorrected proof of this book.

I remember when I first read John Irving. I was young, just dipping my toe in adult fiction, after a vivid foray into Stephen King and, okay, I admit, V.C. Andrews. Irving was something different. His writing was modern, it was literary and it spoke of deep understanding of our human foibles painted with such a worldly brush that even if I never met people that lived such lives as his characters, I shared a deep empathy with their plot. The book was The W
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***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE FAMILY TABOR by Cherise Wolas in exchange for my honest review.***


Harry Tabor is about to receive a Man of the Decade award with his wife and three adult children in attendance. Each is harboring secrets.

I wish I had more positive comments about Cherise Wolas’s latest novel. I’m not a fan of literary fiction with more backstory than story. THE FAMILY TABOR is probably a better book than my enjoyment of it. The charac
Many thanks to Flatiron Books for providing my free copy of THE FAMILY TABOR by Cherise Wolas - all opinions are my own.

As you all know, I have a deep love and admiration for THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY. I read it last year and I never stopped thinking about it. Wolas certainly has a way with words and I believe she is one of the great writers of our time. She’s a true literary genius, so I had very high expectations coming into her second novel. I am happy to say that she did not disappoint.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Harry Tabor is about to be honored as Man of the Decade for his charitable works. His family are on their way to his home to join him and his wife, Roma, who is a child psychologist. His son, Simon, is a lawyer and will be bringing with him his wife and two young daughters. His daughter, Camille, is a social anthropologist and his daughter, Phoebe, is a lawyer. They’re all so proud of Harry and each of them have their own reasons for wanting this occasion to be a family-bonding one.

But Harry’s m
Megan C.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a freebie given to me by Flatiron Books - Thanks Flatiron!

I loved this family. I loved this book. It started a little slow, but geez, once it grabbed me, it didn't let me go until I turned the last page. Full review coming on my blog - trying to get back into that habit again after a few crazy weeks :) Will update soon!
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Harry Tabor is an emperor in his world. He has everything he could have ever imagined. The novel begins the day before Harry Tabor's recognition dinner as Man of the Year. In earlier times Harry would have been "running for his life" from pogroms, as did his grandparents, instead of living in Palm Springs with a lovely family gathering to see him honored. He thinks, "I have been a very lucky man," but as the authorial voice warns, "luck is a rescindable gift."

Harry hears a voice that resurrects
The premise of this family saga is defining the fabric that makes a family. In this tapestry we find threads of our past woven with that of our ancestors and our future children. Who we are now and who we hope to be is enmeshed with these other threads. In The Family Tabor the patriarch, Harry, is being recognized for his philanthropic work within the Jewish community. All of his adult children return home for this event to see him honored as the Man of the Decade. With two lawyers and an anthro ...more
Sue Dix
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ARC from BookBrowse. Cherise Wolas follows The Resurrection of Joan Ashby with another marvelous novel. I was completely engaged from the first word to the last with this family’s secrets, past and present. The characters are well drawn and true to life. I love the way this author writes.
Kelly McCord
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
4.5 *s rounded up. Henry Tabor is about to be named Man of the Decade. His grown children: Phoebe, Camille and Simon come home to celebrate with Harry and his wife, Roma. All these children bring their own hidden problems with them. Harry begins to remember darker pieces of his past. .
This is an extremely well written slower read - a deep character study. I came to love each one of these flawed characters. This novel deals with so many familiar personal and family problems and ultimately asks wh
Mar 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giveaways
This is a GoodReads giveaway win.
I did NOT like this one at all. I'm not even sure what the point of the book was. I like a little bit of a back story if it's needed for clarity, but the majority of this book is back story on each member of the Tabor family. The story starts out telling about Harry Tabor getting a man of the year award and from there goes to him thinking about his past. Then it happens that way for each family member. The book is quite dull when I think about it, nothing happens
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Some books feel too heavy. This was one of them. Where you can't see the story for all the muck hiding it.
Thank you to publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Jean Brown
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4stars...ARC to be published July 2018..more about the characters interior lives than action. ..lots of detail about the Jewish religion that I loved.
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Whether there is love, happiness, contentment, success, health, and satisfaction, or sadness, trauma, and tragedy in any family, so much is dependent on ephemeral luck.”

Whew! Isn’t that the truth?! I love this family: they are messy and full of secrets, one of my favorite combinations, and this novel is very philosophical. Cherise Wolas opens up lots of questions (this would be such a great discussion book!) and her writing is gorgeous. In addition, I love that each character is struggling with
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Flatiron books for the free advanced reader's copy of The Family Tabor. All opinions expressed below are my own.

Harry Tabor, the family patriarch, is being named Man of the Decade in Palm Springs. To help celebrate the occasion, his family is returning home. On the surface, the Harry Tabor lives a charmed life - he has a palatial home that he now shares with his wife, Roma, who is a child psychologist. He also has three successful adult children - attorneys Phoebe and Simon
Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
3. 5 stars Thank you Goodreads Giveaway!! Written from the point of view from the whole family, this novel slowly sheds the secrets via the celebration of the patriarch of the family, Harry Tabor. What happens when you make a choice, tell a lie or throw someone under the bus? I was annoyed at first because it seemed like another story about rich people dealing with their dumb rich problems which I could have read it that way but I opened my mind a little and throughout the book was able to see t ...more
Rachel Watkins
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, flatiron
The entirety of THE FAMILY TABOR takes place in 24 hours, told through the five perspectives of the each family member. Wolas completely builds each character so that you become entrenched in every aspect of their lives, from their hopes and dreams to their failings. THE FAMILY TABOR is the story of redemption and forgiveness offered almost too late and is captivating. Highly recommend.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've sung (and still sing) the praises of Cherise Wolas' 2017 debut novel, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby whenever I can, and I'm happy to announce that her follow-up novel features her signature style and plenty of interesting, lovably flawed characters. The Family Tabor is not as impactful as Joan, perhaps because it is shorter and because its 370 pages are shared upon a family of protagonists instead of only one. Yet it was easy to become entranced with the Tabors and their many secrets. And ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm skipping a summary of the book, since there are plenty here. I'm sucker for intergenerational stories. There are many ways in which I can't related to the Tabor family, including how well they seem to be doing from a distance. They have money and the security that it brings and what seems, at first, like enviable worries, but they are not happy. This is the story of those layers of unhappiness. I'm glad the writing was engaging enough I kept reading, even though the reader slowly spirals thr ...more
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My reviews can be found here:

I have not made my love for Wolas’s debut novel, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, a secret. It is a brilliant literary work that deserves its comparisons to pillars like Irving, McCullers, Capote, Didion. But it also stands alone and shines with a unique voice—so unlike anything I’ve read before not only in story, but in character, strength of the vision that is created on the page, and sheer enormity of the tangible world and
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: literary fiction fans
The Tabors are converging on the family home in Palm Springs to celebrate patriarch Harry's Man of the Decade award. There's much introspection going on by each family member. Harry, who is of a mind to think of his life in titan and lionized terms. All three Tabor children bring secrets with them and matriarch Roma, intends to get some of her questions answered. But much like real life, the biggest secret and turn of events is the one no one saw coming and all are unprepared for. Harry Tabor ha ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-book-shelf
Oh I loved this so much - a completely believable family, each with their own story and secrets.

I'm a huge fan of The Resurrection of Joan Ashby and though people might think this is the same Tabor family from that book - it's not - just the names remain the same, and even Joan gets a nod that made me smile.

I really felt I was in Palm Springs with the family - and in all the other places that each came from to reunite as adult siblings and parents. The perceptiveness of the descriptions of the s
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved books about family dramas and dynasties, all the way back to when I was a (very) precocious fifth-grader, where I bit my lip as my body tensed under the disapproving glare of a public librarian, checking out Danielle Steel sagas (Zoya! Jewels! Message from Nam!) and yearning to read the latest on my then-hero, Jackie Collins’ Lucky Santangelo.
Cherise Wolas’ The Family Tabor is by no means a quick, dirty and trashy trip through the misdeeds and buried skeletons of well-to-do
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Cherise Wolas' acclaimed debut novel, THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY, is a 2019 International Dublin Literary Award longlist selection, was a PEN/Debut Fiction Prize longlist selection, named a 2017 Best Novel and Best Debut Novel by Kirkus Reviews, a Top 10 First Novel of 2017 by Booklist, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, an Indie Next Great Reads pick, a Bookbrowse Editor's Choice, ...more
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