From the book jacket: Ben is, at last, leaving home. At twenty-two,
hes the youngest of the family. His mother Edie, an actress, is distraught. His
father Russell, a theatrical agent, is rather hoping to get his wife back, after
decades of family life. His brother, Matthew, is wrestling with a relationship
in which he achieves and earns less than his girlfriend. His sister Rosa is
wrestling with debt, and the end of a turbulent love affair.
Meet the Boyd family and the empty nest, twenty-first-century style.
Comment: Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) enjoyed looking below the surface of domestic life to challenge assumptions. His granddaughter, Joanna, carries on this tradition. Her latest novel, Second Honeymoon (an ironic title), opens with the somewhat histrionic Edie surveying the empty room of her son, the last of her children to leave home,...
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