• The Family Tabor

  • A Novel
  • By: Cherise Wolas
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The Family Tabor is the next audiobook from Cherise Wolas, acclaimed author of The Resurrection of Joan Ashby.

Harry Tabor is about to be named Man of the Decade, a distinction that feels like the culmination of a life well lived. Gathering together in Palm Springs for the celebration are his wife, Roma, a distinguished child psychologist, and their children: Phoebe, a high-powered attorney; Camille, a brilliant social anthropologist; and Simon, a big-firm lawyer, who brings his glamorous wife and two young daughters.

But immediately, cracks begin to appear in this smooth facade: Simon hasn’t been sleeping through the night, Camille can’t decide what to do with her life, and Phoebe is a little too cagey about her new boyfriend. Roma knows her children are hiding things. What she doesn’t know, what none of them know, is that Harry is suddenly haunted by the long-buried secret that drove him, decades ago, to relocate his young family to the California desert. As the ceremony nears, the family members are forced to confront the falsehoods upon which their lives are built.

Set over the course of a single weekend, and deftly alternating between the five Tabors, this provocative, gorgeously rendered audiobook reckons with the nature of the stories we tell ourselves and our family and the price we pay for second chances.

©2018 Cherise Wolas (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Wolas, whose much-acclaimed debut novel, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, earned countless well-deserved accolades, once again writes with gorgeous intensity about the strata of loving relationships that entwine families in all their messy contradictions that often stubbornly resist transparency, the truth, and resolution. Savor this.” (Library Journal, starred review)

“An utterly hypnotic read...The Family Tabor is a supple and engrossing read - highly recommended for people who love an intricate family drama.” (Chicago Review of Books)

"...the sense of loyalty to one’s family history is so vivid in the novel that it is practically its own character.” (New York Times Book Review)

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Depressing story with sad ending

The who book is filled with supernatural stuff stuck among a family with too many problems. I wouldn't recommend the book to anyone.

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Phenomenal narrator, great story!

I love Lilly King’s writing. This was a captivating and very interesting story. It’s impossible not to empathize with the wonderful protagonist.
Highly recommend.

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The Long Unwinding

Well written and presented. The descriptions, character delelopment,
and plot set up are skillfully crafted and held my attention. The conclusion, however, is too contrived and preachy. Although there are some unexpected turns of events, the message is that good prevails, out of suffering comes growth, love conquers all. Etc, I wondered what ever happened to Roma’s 7 yr old patient. Was she running away from family secrets too? Is the presumption that honesty guarantees redemption? Too many goody-goody aha moments. I.e. the niece who suddenly speaks clearly. Why? Sisters fin love...yea