A Friend of the Family

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Algonquin Books, Nov 1, 2009 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Pete Dizinoff has spent years working toward a life that would be, by all measures, deemed successful. A skilled internist, he s built a thriving practice in suburban New Jersey. He has a devoted wife, a network of close friends, and an impressive house, and most important, he has a son, Alec, on whom he s pinned all his hopes. Pete has afforded Alec every opportunity, bailed him out of close calls with the law, and even ensured his acceptance into a good college.
But Pete never counted on the wild card: Laura, his best friend's daughter ten years older than Alec, irresistibly beautiful, with a past so shocking that it s never spoken of. When Laura sets her sights on Alec, Pete sees his plans for his son not just unraveling but being destroyed completely. Believing he has only the best of intentions, he sets out to derail this romance and rescue his son. He could never have foreseen how his whole world would shatter in the process.
Lauren Grodstein delivers a riveting story in the tradition of "The Ice Storm," "American Beauty," and "Little Children," charting a father's fall from grace as he struggles to save his family, his reputation, and himself.


 

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User Review  - Caryn.Rose - LibraryThing

The depiction of suburban New Jersey and the conflicts therein were wonderful. I felt a little let down by the buildup of the conflict and the eventual reveal, the ending felt rushed and somewhat unsatisfying. But a great read until that point. Read full review

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User Review  - johnluiz - LibraryThing

I absolutely loved this book. It's a struggle for every parent -- how far should you intervene in your children's lives, especially when you fear they're making choices that will destroy their futures ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
19
CHAPTER THREE
49
CHAPTER FOUR
87
CHAPTER FIVE
113
CHAPTER SIX
137
CHAPTER SEVEN
153
CHAPTER EIGHT
175
CHAPTER NINE
208
CHAPTER TEN
252
CHAPTER ELEVEN
280
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
305
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LAUREN GRODSTEIN is the author of the collection The Best of Animals and a novel, Reproduction is the Flaw of Love, which was both a Breakout Book selection from Amazon.com and a Borders Original Voices pick. Her work has been translated into German, Italian, and French. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.

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