You really need to have lived inside a family to get this book. I did and I got so much out of hearing the complicated relationships and fiascos
As well as the deep love and devotion
felt. Still resolving issues of my own, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about others experiencing similar if not worse
Revelations and emotions!
it's the kind of story for those used to qualifying themselves as an, "other, " not quite in step with everyone barely edging on to stumble near pace. But it ends up in an honest and endearing landmark of growth and now that it's over I crave more of these delightful characters that I've grown accustomed with.
This family has its issues, but what family doesn't? Only after losing their father to cancer and being compelled to spend seven days grieving together, does this family read discover it's connections and, yes, even it's love for one another. Very excellent read that will warm your heart and make you laugh and perhaps even shed a tear or two.
IF WOODY ALLEN'S WORK IS IN THIS GENRE, THEN YES...
I WOULD NOT HAVE PUBLISHED THIS BOOK...
THIS ADDS NOTHING TO THE WORLD
This book is in the category of movies like "Dan In Real Life" and "The Family Stone".
The Family Drama.
I enjoy these family drama stories for their simple ability to entertain without challenging the intellect. A steady diet of them is humdrum, sure. But sometimes you just don't feel like doing mental acrobatics with an audiobook that requires note-taking and rewinding.
Or being on an emotional rollercoaster. Or having your blood pressure rise because the action is nuts. Yes, sometimes you just want to passively enjoy a decent narrative.
So here it is: a good story that won't bore you. If that's what you're looking for, go for it.
I was surprised this got such high reviews. I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn't. I'm hoping the movie adaptation will be better. I found the performance itself to be a distraction, the narrator sounded very much like David Sedaris, so he was not believable as a scorned straight man. I also found him to be monotone much of the time. The tone of the writing seemed misogynistic and demeaning to the female characters in several cases. Overall this just didn't provide much progression in the characters' personal growth and felt very flat and negative.
I thought it was very funny in the beginning, but the negative current never lets up or changes. It was a fine audio- reader does a fine job. I thought the story could have been better.