Anniebelle Adams asked:
Spoiler? What's the tragedy that rips the family apart? I'm assuming it has something to do with a terrible thing happening to a kid, and - to my overwhelming dismay - I can't deal with a lot of details about kids suffering. So I'm straight out asking: What's the horrible event?
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[So many issues with the family dynamics that pulled the family apart and that brought them back together! Lengthy discussions could be had on the role and changes of the dad, the neighbor, mom's illness and personality, the relationships of the sisters, the guilt each family member carried for years, the surviving twin's relationship with his girlfriend and his child, the girlfriend's role with this family... It's about acceptance and love of family members in spite of (despite of??) who they are and what they do. The book deals with many tough issues including betrayal, guilt, suicide, the secrets and lies that exist in families, loneliness, a need to be wanted and to feel accepted for who we are, the impact our childhood experiences have on our adult habits/lives/personalities/actions that we aren't even aware of, and the mental illness of hoarding. (hide spoiler)]
Becky Go ahead & read the book without fear. The "terrible thing" isn't anything being done to a child.
Adrienne Lichau Allen Donna, while that may have contributed, there was a much bigger tragedy that actually tore the family apart.