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Family and Other Accidents: A Novel Hardcover – April 4, 2006

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Five years after their father dies of a heart attack, Jack and Connor Reed's mother dies of an aneurysm, and Jack, 25, returns to Cleveland to take care of 15-year-old Connor and to work in his late father's corporate law firm. This debut novel from Goldhagen, a celebrity reporter, spirals episodically through two-plus decades of Connor and Jack's fraught fraternity, showing the aftermath of loss in devastatingly efficient snapshots. Goldhagen cuts smoothly between the two men's perspectives, and widens out to include Jack's wife, Mona; Connor's wife, Laine; and, later, their children. Domestic disconnection and dissatisfaction are the rule, with marriages and pregnancies occurring more by chance than choice. Unsentimental and emotionally riveting, this is a portrait of the love between people who are not particularly good at loving. Even when Connor gets ill and tells Jack, "I tell everyone you're the only parent I ever had," their connection remains inarticulate. (Apr.)
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After his mother dies, 25-year-old Jack Reed returns to Cleveland to work at his late father's law firm and raise his brother, Connor, who is still in high school. Jack becomes a workaholic with a parade of women streaming in and out of his life, while lonely Connor feels he is a burden to his brother. Wary of their emotions, the two brothers avoid talking about the devastating events that have profoundly changed their lives, instead bickering over minutiae and suffering from an array of physical ailments. Connor eventually marries a leggy Harvard grad and immediately sets out to create the family he never had, while Jack becomes involved with a red-haired reporter whom he's not sure he loves. As the years pass and their partners change, as Jack becomes immensely wealthy and Connor gets sick, the brothers' bond becomes the central fact of their lives and one they finally acknowledge. In this immensely assured first novel, Goldhagen uses a wealth of skillful techniques to create an indelible portrait of the flawed but loving Reed brothers. Joanne Wilkinson
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  • Publisher : Doubleday; Bound Galley Proof edition (April 4, 2006)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0385515979
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0385515979
  • Item Weight : 15.7 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.85 x 0.87 x 8.52 inches
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