brothers and sisters, dysfunctional families, families, inheritance and succession, life changing events, Philadelphia (PA), poverty, stepmothers
Can a house/a childhood home dominate the grown-up lives of a brother and sister who grew up with a father and caring staff in a fairy-tale huge house in Pennsylvania? A quiet read, a re-examining of childhood loss and forgiveness, but two indelible characters you won’t forget long after the book is finished.
“Patchett’s splendid novel is a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of obsession and forgiveness, what people acquire, keep, lose or give away, and what they leave behind.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“…you won’t want to put down this engrossing, warmhearted book even after you’ve read the last page.” (NPR)