I loved the moments when Maureen, Scott and Araceli can see the mistakes they have made and instead of becoming more intractable and entrenched in their personal narrative, grow in understanding.
He has a fresh voice that is not overwrought or overly dramatic. Sometimes the narrator can take away from the book by being too obviously. Frankie let the story be the star, while portraying the thoughts and insights of each of the characters.
Maureen. She was like a million women I know and wouldn't necessarily warm to. I find her self-containment and love for perfection exhausting and thought she was the most interesting character.
I have recommended this book to any friend who reads. It's a gripping tale of the investigation and trial of the suspected murderer of Ben Rifkin, DA Andy Barber's own son, 14 year old Jacob Barber is the prime suspect. The novel talks about Andy's removal from the case, the isolation of his family, the trial, and the aftermath. Much of the last few chapters roll over the reader like waves. But the genius of the nuanced, intricately written account is not about the trial scenes, but rather more about what happens to a family, to parental love and knowing, to the relationship between two parents who have raised a young man that they thought was one type of kid, and is shockingly revealed to potentially be someone they never really understood or knew.Andy Barber can't conceive of a world in which his son has committed murder and as a lawyer, easily dismisses any evidence to the contrary. His wife, Laurie, slowly descends into a world in which she can imagine such a thing taking place. Whether or not Jacob did kill Ben, the changes in the family dynamic and relationships is a glacial melt. You can't see it on the outside, but inside it is becoming weaker and weaker until it finally collapses.
Andy Barber was my favorite character. He was to unendingly practical and so completely blind to his son's faults, it's astonishing as well as incredibly frustrating. He looks so closely, he can't "see" what he's looking at.
This is one of my favorite audiobooks ever. It's a gripping story about an Irish orphan who ends up in indentured servitude at a plantation down South.
Kitchen House presents an unvarnished tale of life in the antebellum south. While placed in carefully researched history, the well-drawn characters seem to come to life.The author so cleverly evokes the story's time and place, that you almost feel present as the tale unfolds. The story itself compels you to keep reading and not want the story to end. It is impossible not to be permanently touched by this novel. I could not put this book down! Encore!
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