This may be the bravest book that Sadie Jones has ever written, and truly, all of hers rear their defiant heads. She doesn’t land it as a deafening whack, more like a sober blow. You know that you are walking on a minefield when you are reading her novels; it’s with subtle baby steps that lead to the inevitable. You don’t wholly see it coming because it could have gone another way, the one you were expecting. Then hisssss, the snakes! With their Mona Lisa smiles.
This book follows one family, particularly, a .1% billionaire and his family. They are all a hot mess. The father may seem like a stereotype to innocent ones, but you’ve met--well, I’ve met--men like Griff, consummately unsympathetic. You can’t design your parents. You can only leave them when you grow up. “’When you’re gone…and you look back, this will feel like a dream.’”
Griff’s wife, Liv, is criminal in other ways, and his son, Alex is an addict trying to follow the NA path. Our focus is with Griff’s daughter, Bea, and her husband, Dan. Bea, according to Griff, was no prize in the “looks” department, and a little bit “frumpy.” She’s also exceptionally kind, and a psychotherapist in London. Dan has the education and heart of an artist, but he’s stuck being an estate agent. His mother is black and fiercely protective. His father is white and absent his whole childhood. He’s what the young call Hot AF. He fell in love with Bea’s kindness and quiet dignity. Bea wants zero to do with Griff’s money. She sees her parents once every few years.
Needless to say, they are all stuck in outback France in a hotel-to-be that Alex is restoring—it is terminally under construction and not fit for guests yet. He’s got an ADD and eccentric personality and is always running in different directions simultaneously. There’s a dark cloud over this family, this house, and getting there is painful, for the reader, also. “You’d swear you could see it, in the cracks in the pavements and the bricks in the walls; violence and grief.”
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: CHATTO & WINDUS - TRADE (7 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784742554
- ISBN-13: 978-1784742553
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
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