Sweeney, Cynthia D'Aprix.
What begins as a fairly typical "rich-people-behaving badly" satire, evolves into a surprisingly touching story exploring themes of love, family, and personal success. I would have given it a higher score, but the author spends way too much time focused on New York real estate for my taste.
Shaun (Staff) (Hespeler Library)
Humorous and honest! Anyone with a slightly dysfunctional family can relate to the endless predicaments faced by the Plumb family. A great book to relax with at the beach this summer!
Stephanie (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)
This family fable lived up to its hype. The cast of characters weave together nicely and the moral of the story, which for me is the chains that come with both money and expectation, is a pleasure to discover.
Paula Smyth (Queen's Square Library)
This is a very good novel. The author has a great writing style, and the chapters are short, which I like. It was very readable and I was always anxious to get back to it. It is about brothers and sisters, the effect birth order has on a person, and how sometimes brothers and sisters are friends and sometimes not. The story is about a savings account that is put aside for the four siblings to split, when the youngest sibling turns forty. However, something terrible happens which makes them have to use the "nest" early, to help the oldest sibling out, however now they have to wait for him to pay them back, which he can't do because he's broke. Each of them had big plans for the money, and now they have to figure out their lives without this highly anticipated financial cushion, on which they've based their lives. The characters are incredibly well-developed, and we get to know them as the story unfolds in a way that allows us to see their flaws and their charm. There are moments in this story that are brilliant. I could have done without the epilogue though, as I prefer an ending to be a little untidy, to leave something to the imagination.
Jennifer (Staff) (Clemens Mill Library)
A great contemporary read, reminiscent of Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" but a little lighter and easier going. Really well done for a debut novel and you can tell the author loves her characters. Sibling relationships, exes, literary authors, gay antique dealers and teens exploring their newfound sexuality cover the themes. A quick read but took my time over the last 50 pages because I didn't want it to end.
Angela Caretta (Staff) (Hespeler Library)