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.

After having escaped for years to London, Corlis McCrea returns to the grand Reconstruction mansion where she grew up in North Carolina, now willed to the three grown children following the death of their parents. All three want the house.

Fiscal necessity dictates that two must buy a third out. Just as she was torn as a girl, the sister must choose between her decent younger brother and the renegade eldest—the black sheep who covets his legacy in order to destroy it. The adult siblings re-enact the deep enmities and loyalties of childhood, as each bids for a bigger slice of the pie.

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User Review  - jessicariddoch - LibraryThing

I never have managed to get the book about taking to kevin so I though I would try another of her books. It was pleasant enough, the people in the book were real while you were reading them. The plot ... Read full review

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User Review  - pidgeon92 - LibraryThing

Wow. This book didn't thrill me. Lionel Shriver is still one of my favorite authors, but this book.... It took me several days to read. The three main characters were just boring, and frankly stupid. Read full review

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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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