At first glance it may seem that some people are just parodies of a certain type of person. In this book Jonathan Franzen makes it impossible to ‘figure out’ and dismiss any of the characters. They are drawn broadly and then in close up. It’s not sentimental and Franzen doesn’t force the issue (most of the time the story just rolls out in a fun, swashbuckling way) but I was saddened and moved by the truth that everyone was once a child, everyone has so much more to them than meets the eye, and being one’s own ‘best’ self in a family (or elsewhere) can be so infuriatingly difficult. Meanwhile, I loved the humor in here; I was laughing throughout.
Rosie Ferguson is seventeen and ready to enjoy the summer before her senior year of high school. She's intelligent, athletic, and beautiful, and she even gets along with her stepfather, James. But as the school year draws to a close, there are disturbing signs that the life Rosie claims to be leading is a sham, and her mother Elizabeth's hopes for her daughter to remain immune to the pull of drugs and alcohol are dashed. Slowly and against their will, Elizabeth and James are forced to confront the fact that Rosie has been lying to them-and that her deceptions will have profound consequences.
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