New PDF release: A Perfectly Good Family

By Lionel Shriver

ISBN-10: 0061846902

ISBN-13: 9780061846908

Following the dying of her helpful liberal mom and dad, Corlis McCrea strikes again into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all 3 siblings. Her timid more youthful brother hasn't ever left domestic. whilst her bullying black-sheep older brother strikes into "his" apartment in addition, it's war.

Each inheritor desires the home. but to shop for the opposite out, siblings needs to workforce opposed to one. simply as in girlhood, Corlis is torn among allying with the respectable yet worried youngest and the iconoclastic eldest, who covets his legacy to damage it. A completely sturdy Family is a gorgeous exam of inheritance, literal and mental: what we take from our mom and dad, what we discard, and what we're caught with, love it or now not.

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He makes the tide uncover me. ’’ 19} lake of little birds Let me begin with the lepers at Lake Bunyonyi. They were cured, but blind and terribly disfigured. Their island overgrown with scarlet poinsettias. A school, a church. Some terraced hillsides in the distance turned labyrinthine green, an intricate backdrop for songbirds that appeared and disappeared as awkwardly as a child’s paper cutouts threading in and out of trees. We touch each other briefly and depart. As if memory wasn’t a wound to bear.

Years later, walking back from dinner along the bastion in Alghero. Swordfish drizzled with virgin oil, rubbed with mint and saffron. Wild boar steamed in myrtle leaves. {20 Someone having a birthday, ‘‘Tanti auguri a te,’’ the words rising in the piazza— And suddenly the light, that light. The sanctuary with its silver offering bowls, the lepers singing. Here are the goblets filled with wine. The smell of sunlight fading from the stones. Quietness that’s solitude but not isolation. And the windows lit with displays of red corals from just off the coast said to be the blood that streamed from Medusa’s severed neck when Perseus laid her head beside the sea.

Green grubs dropping from palm fronds to the porch, the sour-sweet of cheap lemonade. And always the dialectic of inside/outside— {38 III Ask the blind how carefully we build our world on light. Ask the octopus how the evolution of our eyes converged. 39} IV I don’t pretend to imagine the lives of women tending oyster crates in estuaries at the edge of Sonora. It’s enough to follow the hand-painted sign of a mermaid peeling and peeling in the sand. At the end of the road, the dunes roil with a pack of feral dogs feasting on the carcass of a washed-up fin whale.

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