The Beloved Son

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Alyson, 2007 - Fiction - 305 pages
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At 52, Karl Preston lives an ideal American life with his wife and 24-year-old daughter, in an affluent North Carolina suburb. At the request of his father, Karl and his family travel to Florida for a weekend visit that generates a roller-coaster ride of emotions that buttoned-up Karl is not fully prepared to deal with.
Frank and Annike, Karl's elderly parents, use this reunion to announce their planned move to a retirement community and their wishes to divide their lifelong belongings among their children and grandchild. It's a remarkable moment for Karl, especially when he is faced with his estranged younger gay brother, Sven, who, as the primary caretaker of their parents, has had to deal with the daily difficulties of their mother's growing dementia.
As Karl reconnects with his parents and brother, he finds himself both saying good-bye to his mother and laying the foundations for a deeper relationship with the remainder of his family. What was meant to be simply a visit "home" has instead become a life-affirming and heartrending journey with people Karl has long consigned to the periphery of his life.

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User Review  - mgaulding - LibraryThing

This was another novel that i found remarkable because of the author's ability to write about a dysfunctional family and to respect and honor each of the family members stories without judging. This ... Read full review


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Jay Quinn is the author of Back Where He Started, Metes and Bounds and The Mentor, and the editor or Rebel Yell: Stories of Contemporary Southern Gay Men. He lives in South Florida.

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