Every Happy Family

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Coteau Books, 2013 - Alzheimer's disease - 247 pages
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A family is only as functional as its parts. Humorous and heartbreaking, wise and demented, Every Happy Family explores the colourful n and sometimes repurposed n fabric of the Wright family. The stories mark turning points in the lives of the individual family members, as well as in their relationships with each other. Married parents Jill and Les are the warp of the Wright family tapestry n Jill beginning to lose her mother to Alzheimer's, Les diagnosed with a cancer he initially keeps secret from their children. Each family member's thread unravels from the others, as older son Quinn finds a dangerous way to combat shyness, younger son Beau seeks success and closure at boarding school, and adopted daughter Pema explores her roots. But past and present weave back together and towards the future, as everyone is called home for Les's elife celebration' n his eliving wake'. Alone and together, the Wrights crash along, unable to give up on themselves or each otherOhard as they might try.
 

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Contents

Jill
1
Quinn
35
Annie
59
Beau
81
Les
109
Pema
127
Chasing the Circle Closed
149
Acknowledgements
248
About the Author
249
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Dede Crane is the author of the acclaimed short story collection The Cult of Quick Repair, and of the YA novels Poster Boy and The 25 Pains of Kennedy Baines. She is a two-time finalist for Victoria's Butler Book Prize. She lives, writes and teaches in Victoria, BC.

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