Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen

This book really fizzled out. It started with an emotional bang, kept up the tension for a while, but then just drifted off into…nothing much. It tells the story of a family (two parents, two children) dealing with the death of an infant, and the subsequent arrival of the father’s older child from an earlier relationship. The disruption caused by these two events causes some family stress that is interesting for a while, but really, these people are pretty healthy, and they all love each other, and in the end they work it out and everyone is fine. I kept waiting for something to blow up (literally or figuratively), but alas, no. So, while it’s nice to read about a functional family for a change, the drama that comes from crazy makes for better reading. This must be why we all watch reality TV about drug addicts and hoarders.

(Book 3, 2013)


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