A mordantly funny and propulsive novel about a woman coming to terms with her family - adoptive, biological, and future.
In 1962 a pregnant girl staggers into a health clinic, gives birth, and flees. A foster family takes the baby in, and an unlikely couple, their lives unspooling from the recent death of their infant, adopts her.
Forty years and many secrets and lies later, Cheri Matzner is all grown up and falling apart. Ironic and fierce, she's a former cop turned disgruntled academic, a frustrated wife trying to get pregnant, an iconoclastic daughter bearing war wounds from her dysfunctional family. Thrust into an odyssey of acceptance, she discovers that sometimes it takes half a lifetime to come of age.
Weaving together the stories of the deeply flawed but well-intentioned people who've shaped Cheri's life, Happy Family is an intimate exploration of the gap between our expectations and beliefs about our families - and the truth.
©2016 Tracy Barone (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"Barone's debut novel explores the pursuit of human connection with pathos and humor.... Cheri is a compelling protagonist, making her journey into the past well worth following." (Publishers Weekly)
I've been an avid reader (now listener) for as long as I can remember. My motto is so many books - so little time...
Tracy Barone's Happy Family has intensely real characters and they suck you in from the very start. The narration is spot on and particularly the character of Cece. The story is sad and I wished for a little more forgiveness, towards life, from the main character at times.
The narrator was excellent and the best part of this audio book.
No, her protagonist was an obnoxious teenager who grew to be an obnoxious adult.
I enjoyed the narrator's performance of the mother, Cece.
Disappointment at the lack of depth of the characters was my reaction.
The end of the book showed the main character having a baby on her own after a night of drunken sex. The protagonist never grew up into an adult. It was sad.
Terese Plummer is an amazing narrator as always. Smart story line and interesting characters. The kind of book that you really look forward to listening to.
It was a good story, nothing too special. I kept waiting for a twist or turn.
Probably not. Because it was just ok.
No, but I really enjoyed her!
At the beginning, it was really good, but then it became just ok.
Caught my attention from the get-go. Really interesting and entertaining story with some deep moments that make you think. Narrator is terrific!
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