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The Good Parents: A Novel by Joan London

The Good Parents: A Novel

by Joan London

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From the author of 'Gilgamesh' comes 'The Good Parents', a tale of loss and longing that gets right to the heart of the struggle to belong.



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Dreamy and internal, this book shifts points of view between Maya (who chooses to go missing), her parents, Toni and Jacob, and her brother Magnus. They each explore their relationships to their past, and the places and people who formed them. An interesting view of a family - placed in qan area of the world I would like to know more about. ( )
  Lcwilson45 | Feb 9, 2014 |
Thoughtful, reflective, writing with insights about humanity woven throughout the story. ( )
  autleaves78 | Jul 24, 2012 |
Maya de Jong is 18 and moves to Melbourne to escape the small-town life and a failed relationship and to get a job and assert her independence. She ends up in an affair with her 50ish, married boss whose wife is dying of cancer. Under suspicious circumstances, Maya is spirited away by the boss. This is almost at the same time as her parents, Jacob and Toni, travel to the city to visit Maya and have a vacation. They leave Maya's teenage brother at home because he's still in school. Jacob and Toni stay at Maya's rental house even though she's not there and begin looking for clues as to what happened to their daughter. In this process, the reader is taken back to their own young-adult lives and the people they were then. Toni was married to a mobster, and Jacob was a hippy. Going through the de Jong family history is a strange and fascinating journey. Each member of the family, including Jacob's sister Kitty, is flawed but real and likeable. This book was a slow starter, but I'm glad I didn't give up because I eventually became wrapped up in the characters and their stories and enjoyed it very much. ( )
1 vote CatieN | Jun 11, 2011 |
Joan London should write more books as her lyrical sensitive prose is a pleasure to read. ( )
  bhowell | Apr 30, 2011 |
3.8 ( )
  MavisBookclub | Apr 20, 2011 |
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