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The Children (2016)

por Ann Leary

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From New York Times bestselling author Ann Leary comes the captivating story of a wealthy, but unconventional New England family, told from the perspective of a reclusive 29-year-old who has a secret (and famous) life on the Internet.

Charlotte Maynard rarely leaves her mother's home, the sprawling Connecticut lake house that belonged to her late stepfather, Whit Whitman, and the generations of Whitmans before him. While Charlotte and her sister, Sally, grew up at "Lakeside," their stepbrothers, Spin and Perry, were welcomed as weekend guests. Now the grown boys own the estate, which Joan occupies by their grace??and a provision in the family trust. When Spin, the youngest and favorite of all the children, brings his fiancé home for the summer, the entire family is intrigued. The beautiful and accomplished Laurel Atwood breathes new life into this often comically rarefied world. But as the wedding draws near, and flaws surface in the family's polite veneer, an array of simmering resentments and unfortunate truths is exposed.
With remarkable wit and insight, Ann Leary pulls back the curtain on one blended family, as they are forced to grapple with the assets and liabilities ?? both material and psychological ?? left behind by their wonderfully flawed patr
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An engaging story of a weirdly blended family with a touch of intrigue. You can tell that something happened to these kids as they grew up. However it is told from one POV so you can‘t “hear” what is in everybody‘s head. ( )
  christyco125 | Jul 4, 2022 |
Engaging little book - I felt that the length of the book was strange, however - there were a lot of frantic ideas packed into a too tight package. It reminded me of Stewart O'Nan's "Wish You Were Here" which was substantially longer and allowed the reader an immersive experience.

Perhaps it should have been a short story or an epic novel. ( )
  kittykitty3 | Oct 4, 2020 |
I liked the spirit of the characters, and as a digital marketing person it was fun to read about the narrator's blogging and writing work. But to me, this book completely lacked a driving, logical plot and included way, way too many details about banjos. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
When I first heard the premise of this book, it reminded me of The Nest, which I really did not like at all. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I quite enjoyed this novel. The writing style was really great, and kept me engaged throughout the story. It wasn't filled with useless details, and everything was connected. I loved the characters. They were all so eccentric and funny and just lovable. The story was told from Charlotte's perspective, and she doesn't shy away from any of the craziness that surrounds her. But through her account, we see the different facets of each child's personality that come together to make them the way they are. The story began to really pick up pace at the midpoint of the novel and it moved quickly until the end. It isn't a happy ending, but it is one that I feel is realistic and genuine. I wasn't expecting this novel to win me over but it did. It really really did. And in order to appreciate this novel for its worth, you just have to read it! ( )
  veeshee | Jan 29, 2018 |
interesting in a east-coast high-brow soap opera way, with a novel set-up (family blended later in life), oddball characters and decent writing. Had a hard time remembering it to write this annotation a few months after reading it though. ( )
  triscuit | Oct 5, 2017 |
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From New York Times bestselling author Ann Leary comes the captivating story of a wealthy, but unconventional New England family, told from the perspective of a reclusive 29-year-old who has a secret (and famous) life on the Internet.

Charlotte Maynard rarely leaves her mother's home, the sprawling Connecticut lake house that belonged to her late stepfather, Whit Whitman, and the generations of Whitmans before him. While Charlotte and her sister, Sally, grew up at "Lakeside," their stepbrothers, Spin and Perry, were welcomed as weekend guests. Now the grown boys own the estate, which Joan occupies by their grace??and a provision in the family trust. When Spin, the youngest and favorite of all the children, brings his fiancé home for the summer, the entire family is intrigued. The beautiful and accomplished Laurel Atwood breathes new life into this often comically rarefied world. But as the wedding draws near, and flaws surface in the family's polite veneer, an array of simmering resentments and unfortunate truths is exposed.
With remarkable wit and insight, Ann Leary pulls back the curtain on one blended family, as they are forced to grapple with the assets and liabilities ?? both material and psychological ?? left behind by their wonderfully flawed patr

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