Wonderful story of loss and renewal,
This review is from: The Other Family: A Novel (Paperback)
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Trollope's book is an excellent story about the new combinations of family we see in society today. The father is at once the divider of his two families - before and after an affair - and eventually his death is what helps family members grow and brings them together.
The death of a spouse, even when expected, creates a terrible shift in the life of a family, but when unexpected, the trauma is worse. The lead character, Chrissie, is overwhelmed with the emotional and financial repercussions of her loss, and her children are unsure of how to cope with a mother unable to lead the family. At the same time they have to face the unfortunate fact that the dead husband/father never legally divorced the first wife, leaving an even bigger economic struggle for them.
Furthermore, there have been years of no contact with the first family and suddenly both women and their children are thrown together in loss and misunderstanding.
However, the two women and their children who shared the amazing life of this man find that his death and the courage of his youngest child bring the families together in unexpected ways moving them all towards personal growth not often seen in society today.
Beautifully developed characters and story line provide for a great read that is well worth the time.