A Friend of the Family

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Product Details

Price
$13.95
Publisher
Algonquin Books
Publish Date
Pages
315
Dimensions
5.62 X 0.91 X 8.14 inches | 0.73 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781616200176
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About the Author

Lauren Grodstein is the author of four previous works of fiction, including the New York Times bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, which was a Washington Post Best Book Pick, a New York Times Editor's Pick, a BookPage Best Book, and an Indie Next Pick. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.

Reviews

"The moving, complex, beautifully written story of a good man who's slowly losing his grip on his life and his family, A Friend of the Family unfolds with unerring precision." --Kate Christensen, author of Trouble
"Horrifyingly plausible and deeply poignant, A Friend of the Family will leave you shaken and chastened--and grateful for the warning." --The Washington Post Book World

"With suspense worthy of Hitchcock . . . Grodstein is a terrific storyteller." --The New York Times Book Review

--The New York Times Book Review

"The novel is spot-on in its depiction of affection and jealousy among longtime friends; boozy suburban bashes; unrequited love; and adjusting to middle age . . . A Friend of the Family beautifully captures the ever-striving angst of parents who will take any step to ensure their children's lives are easier or better. Parents sweating through a teen's college applications would do well to spend some time with Dr. Pete." --USA Today

--USA Today

"Grodstein's harsh, honest prose makes this haunting tale worthwhile." --People

--People Magazine
"Stunning . . . She has written a novel that will leave her readers sitting up, sifting the evidence in the dead of night." --The Boston Globe--The Boston Globe

"Absorbing . . . an incisive diagnosis of aspirational America . . . What Grodstein captures so strikingly is the anxiety of a father's love, that aching affection . . . Grodstein never pushes these characters into caricatures. She has a sharp ear for the discordant tones of conversations between parents and their almost adult children . . . Grodstein is such a perceptive and knowing critic of suburbia that I kept expecting to see her driving slowly up and down my street peering in the windows . . . The last 50 pages of the novel swell to such a gripping climax . . . Horrifyingly plausible and deeply poignant, A Friend of the Family will leave you shaken and chastened--and grateful for the warning." --Washington Post

--Washington Post
"Gripping . . . [Grodstein] has succeeded in shattering the image of surburban happiness." --Chicago Tribune

--McSweeney's
"Involving at every level: character, plot, language. one of the more complicated portraits of a father's love for his son we've ever read . . . highly recommended."--McSweeney's--People
"Grodstein's harsh, honest prose makes this haunting tale worthwhile." --People
--The New York Times Book Review
"Unfolds with suspense worthy of Hitchcock . . . [Grodstein] is a terrific storyteller." --The New York Times Book Review
--The Washington Post Book World