The Red House

The Red House

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join his for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just remarried and inherited a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a husband whose career has collapsed and three children who sometimes seem alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over.--Container
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio Publishing Group ; Books on Tape, pc2012
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780307988355
9780307988409
0307988406
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 hr., 41 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Caulfield, Maxwell

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Aug 15, 2013

* 1/2 stars. I had high hopes for this novel, as I find "dysfunctional family dynamics" story lines interesting. Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join his for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just re-married and inherited a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a feckless husband and three children who sometimes seem alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over. Unfortunately the "confrontations" largely fell flat. I did not bond with any of the characters except perhaps for the sister's children who are attempting to survive amid the narcissistic teenager and the "adults" - and I use the term here very loosely. Sorry, cannot recommend

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