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Are families so self absorbed?
28 March 2019
This is a self absorbed novel of the emotional turmoil of a family of three girls, one boy and their parents over five decades. It is indicated early on that the genetic origin of Clare, the second eldest is in doubt, and suggested that this may be the cause of her errant behaviour. However all the siblings are subjected to their own psychological traumas and how these play off against each other and their mother. The story eventually involves the death of the mother and the the revelation of ‘the thing about Clare’.
We are given a hint or two of the outside world so we know of the times over which the story takes place but it is as though the family and its emotional miseries,( and it is not a happy tale,) are insulated from that world.
I just don’t believe it.