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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I liked the thick, chewy prose. - Goodreads
An enjoyable read with a cop out ending - Goodreads
Wonderful writing, but lost midway. - Goodreads
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Shriver's writing style is fine. - Goodreads
It was a nice, tidy ending, but not worth the rest of t - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mrslimp - Goodreads

A completely unsympathetic cast of characters impacted my enjoyment of the book, despite wryly comic and insightful observations of family life. That, plus after a hard slog thru the vacillating ... Read full review

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User Review  - Denise Hlavka - Goodreads

I guess I'm on a Lionel Shriver roll! Having just finished Big Brother, I began this book ......still lookng for the incredible style and compelling writing of We Need to Talk About Kevin. This can't ... 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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