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The World Without You by Joshua Henkin
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Aug 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: adult, family, grief, war, death, marriage
Read in August, 2012

Three generations of the Frankel family have come together at their Berkshire vacation home. Leo, the youngest sibling, was tragically killed one year ago, while on a journalist assignment in Iraq. The family has come to hold a memorial in Leo’s honor, and to attempt a proper family reunion.

Marilyn and David have been married for over forty years. But, the death of their son has placed strain on their relationship, and they struggle with how to maintain normalcy. Marilyn became involved in political activism, while David finds solace in running. Their children, Clarrisa, Lily and Noelle, can’t let go of old sibling resentments. Leo’s widow, Thisbe, grapples on finding her place in the family. Leo’s only son, Calder, is adored by all, and is too young to relate to the emotional upheaval that the family is experiencing.

This is a solid tale of family drama. All families have their tiffs, some more than others. Joshua Henkin shows that even families that love each other dearly, sometimes can’t stand to be in the same room with one another.

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