Family Values: A Novel

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9780671732158: Family Values: A Novel

The Wallaces seem the perfect family--successful father, beautiful mother, five handsome children--but beneath the storybook exterior lurks a legacy of anger and resentment

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Upscale family life in suburban America, seen through the eyes of each reluctant participant, provides the focus for a well- written but uninspired debut novel. Dean Wallace is a rising corporate exec in the info-tech industry around Boston when the story begins in 1970, with the family moving to new digs in refined Concord, a bigger house to befit their station in life. Beautiful wife Sandy, her friendless mother Lilly, and the five kids all have plenty of room, but as years pass they seem able only to get in each other's way. Dutiful eldest son Kyle and next-in-line Blane, the intellectual, are no match for raging number-three son Tom, whose foul mouth and fits of uncontrolled violence spare no one, giving rise to years of family terror and casting a long shadow over the youngsters Hal and Tina. Presiding ineffectually over this seething matrix of wills are breadwinner Dean, whose shining moment of domestic success comes when he stalks and shoots a hapless crow trapped in the house, and homemaker Sandy, too numbed by feelings of inadequacy and by ambivalence toward her mother to notice, much less control, the chaos surrounding her. Lilly eventually goes into a nursing home, where she rapidly deteriorates; Kyle becomes an investment banker; and Tom mellows into an adult underachiever, while sensitive Blane flies the coop into academia and is never heard from again. Caustic views--if somewhat clich‚d--of privileged Americans at home, but ultimately the banality of their existence finds only an echo where one might expect to find a plot. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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