Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Friend of the Family: a novel

I just finished one of the most engaging books I've read in ages! A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein is quite an engrossing story that keeps you turning page after page.

Many times with a "page turner", the writing suffers. Not so in this book. Grodstein's prose is a joy to read and the plot never disappoints!

Set in New Jersey, the action centers around a physician and his family and an unspeakable tragedy. The doctor's best friend and neighbor are intricately involved in a plot line that encompasses both families.

I won't spoil the suspense for you but I know you'll be thrilled with this one!

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the recommendation! Friend of the Family is, indeed, a page-turner (or in my case, a disc swapper -- I listened to the audiobook). In addition to offering an examination of contemporary family issues, this is an interesting look at crime and punishment, justice and injustice.

    Although much of the protagonists behaviour is indefensible at worst and unattractive at best, he's still a compelling and sympathetic character. There are no black-and-white characters in this book -- all are complex.

    Thanks again for the recommendation!


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