Friend Of The Family

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HarperCollins Canada, Dec 28, 2010 - Fiction - 320 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, 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, irresistably beautiful, with a past so shocking that it's never spoken of, Laura sets her sights on Alec, who falls under her spell. And with that, Pete sees his plans for his son not just unravelling but being completely destroyed. Believing he has only the best interntions, he sets out to derail this romance and rescue his son. But he could not have forseen how his whole world would shatter in the process.

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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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About the author (2010)

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 for 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 in Camden.

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