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Good Family (2005)

by Terry Gamble

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This was an enjoyable and sometimes humorous description of a family of old money gathered at their summer home on an island in northern Lake Michigan as the last of the oldest generation dies. It's about how a family can both damage and heal. ( )
  snash | Apr 17, 2016 |
An extended family reunites at their summer cottage to await the death of the family matriarch. ( )
  peggyar | Jul 25, 2008 |
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In the years before our grandmother died, when my sister and I wores matching dresses, and the grown-ups, unburdened by conscience, drank gin and smoked; those years before planes made a mockery of distance, and physics a mockery of time; in the years before I knew what it was like to be regarded with hard, needy want, when my family still had its goodness, and I my innocence; in those years before Negroes were blacks, and soldiers went AWOL, and women were given their constrained, abridged liberties, we traveled to Michigan by train.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060737956, Paperback)

A retreat on Lake Michigan for old-money WASPs, Sand Isle has long been the summer residence of the Addison family. The youngest member of the clan, Maddie Addison, survived an awkward but sheltered adolescence only to be plagued in adulthood by alcoholism, a failed marriage, and an unendurable loss that sent her fleeing the burden of family expectations. Now, after an eleven-year hiatus, Maddie has been summoned back to Sand Isle, where her widowed mother languishes near death. What awaits Maddie is a collision of distinct, eccentric personalities -- by turns hilarious and poignant -- as well as an archive of memories that evoke pleasure, passion, and pain. Beneath the silent gaze of her ailing mother, Maddie and her family must confront their past and face the future to once again find a home in a house steeped in untold stories of its own.

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"A retreat on Lake Michigan for old-moneyed WASPs, Sand Isle has long been the summer residence of the Addison family. A scion of a great American industrial clan, Maddie Addison survived an awkward but sheltered adolescence only to be plagued in adulthood by alcoholism, a failed marriage, and an unendurable loss that sent her fleeing the burden of rigid family expectations. Now, after an eleven-year hiatus, Maddie is returning to the bucolic setting of her privileged childhood summers. In recovery and approaching forty, she is summoned back to Sand Isle, where her widowed mother has suffered a stroke that has left her mute, immobile, and near death. It is here that Maddie must reconnect with her past, assess what she has become, and confront the circumstances that changed her and those she loved forever." "Maddie has avoided her relatives for more than a decade, cobbling a life for herself as a documentary filmmaker far from the cocoon of her wealthy family: her sister Dana, who stayed close to the Addison family hearth; her cousins Sedgie, an aspiring actor drinking his way through a second divorce, Derek, a gifted artist who carves images out of trees the way he once etched an impression into Maddie's heart, and Adele, the stunning beauty turned mystical religious seeker; and her niece Jessica, Dana's adopted daughter whose pierced and tattooed rebellion expresses an alienation that echoes Maddie's. What awaits Maddie in her ancestral summerhouse is a collision of distinct, eccentric personalities - by turns hilarious and poignant - as well as an archive of memories that stir together pleasure, passion, and pain in equal measure. Beneath the silent gaze of Evelyn Addison - the stricken matriarch whose stoically traditional but gilded life masked her own brand of despair - Maddie and her relatives play out a family drama of loss, forgiveness, and transcendence as she confronts her past and faces the future, finding a home once again in a house steeped in untold stories of its own."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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