A Perfectly Good Family

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HarperCollins Publishers, Mar 2, 2009 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Following the success of ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ and ‘The Post-Birthday World’, ‘A Perfectly Good Family’ is coming back into print after being unavailable for years.

Following the death of her worthy liberal parents, Corlis McCrea moves back into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all three siblings. Her timid younger brother has never left home. When her bullying black-sheep older brother moves into ‘his’ house as well, it's war.

Each heir wants the house. Yet to buy the other out, two siblings must team against one. Just as in girlhood, Corlis is torn between allying with the decent but fearful youngest and the iconoclastic eldest, who covets his legacy to destroy it. ‘A Perfectly Good Family’ is a stunning examination of inheritance, literal and psychological: what we take from our parents, what we discard, and what we are stuck with, like it or not.

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I liked the thick, chewy prose. - Goodreads
An enjoyable read with a cop out ending - Goodreads
Wonderful writing, but lost midway. - Goodreads
As will the lame tie all the pieces together ending. - Goodreads
Shriver's writing style is fine. - Goodreads
Also, the ending caught me off guard. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

Her style almost gets between the reader and the characters, here. However - she's so good at creating characters that are not particularly likeable, but for whom you care, anyway - and isn't that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Barbara Skalberg - Goodreads

The only reason I'm even giving this 2 stars is b/c I stuck it out to the end. Not even the fabulous vocabulary and varied and complicated sentence structure could redeem the pages and pages of ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Earlier books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and Checker and the Derailleurs. Her novels have been translated into twenty-five different languages. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London.

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