- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (February 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425225755
- ISBN-13: 978-0425225752
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,326,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jennie Nash is also the author of the nonfiction book The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming: And Other Lessons I Learned from Breast Cancer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book was a quick and most engaging read. As a main character, Claire is not always likeable; at times her behavior feels annoying and even absurd. However, this might make a good reading club book, especially for a woman's book club consisting mainly of mothers who might relate well to Claire's character.
I'll share the opening sentence to give you a taste of what you're in for:
"My dad died at an incredibly inconvenient time, and I have no doubt that he planned it that way on purpose."
Isn't that a great opening line? Thankfully the captivating beginning to this novel went on to become a thought-provoking middle and then a satisfying ending.
The Only True Genius in the Family is an exploration of one woman's place in this world. Author Jennie Nash artfully weaves a thoughtful, character-driven story and then laces it with subtle moral dilemmas, continually prompting the reader to step into Claire's shoes.
The novel is exquisitely put together, balancing the grieving process that accompanies the death of a parent with the hope we have for our children and then finding our own place in our family dynamics.
Recommended for anyone who has ever doubted their place in this world.
Her father was a legendary photographer, and she's successful, but the one thing Claire has only heard from her father is that true artistic genius seems to have skipped a generation and fallen into her daughter, Bailey's lap. Claire's spent a lifetime of never hearing "I love you" or "You're a great photographer." Things that would have meant the world to her.
Claire's daughter seems destined for stardom when one of her painting sells to a famous producer. This evokes a touch of jealousy in Claire, but more because Claire's father has left the arrangement of his retrospective in Bailey's care. While Claire inherits his log house, Bailey gets the task of orchestrating his life's retrospective. It's a slap in the face that leads Claire on a journey to discover who she truly wants to be, learning a few surprises about her deceased father in the process.
From the start, I have to say I really felt for Claire. It seemed no one in her family was really getting it. Her father left her in her mother's care at a relatively young age and was part of her life only when it was convenient to him. The words he did throw at her when he saw her seemed overly cruel. Honestly, I was surprised she'd want much to do with him at all. Yet, I could also understand her desire to hear just once that he was proud of who she was.
THE ONLY TRUE GENIUS IN THE FAMILY is a heart-wrenching story of a slightly dysfunctional relationship between father and daughter that carries into the mother-daughter relationship. Once started, I found myself caught up in Claire's world not wanting to put the book down until I'd finished the final page.