- File Size: 775 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006O33VV2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top customer reviews
Dan's line to Trina after having his most recent affair with Lesley, a 19 year old intern is exposed: "It's my duty to protect you from any further pain." Great job, pal! When repeatedly questioned by the media about his affair with Lesley, Dan continues to deny. He insists to Trina that he has nothing to apologize for and that his personal life is his business alone (although his constituents might not see it that way.)
The only real innocents in all the sordid mess are the couple's daughters, Jill and Phoebe, who were teenagers at the time the scandal exploded. Years later, they continue to be impacted, but both have dealt with the situation in very different ways. When it's revealed that Lesley plans to write a tell-all about her years-ago affair with Dan, the family members are forced to confront their pain anew.
It's a testament to the author's strength that this book is so readable, even without any fully admirable characters. I always enjoy a book that elicits a strong emotional response, even when those emotions are anger or disgust at a character's behavior. I look forward to reading more from the author.
Tokunaga's book is a behind-the-headlines look at the emotional disintegration of those affected most deeply by a public figure's indiscretions -- his wife and children as well as the weak-willed politician himself who just can't keep it zipped.
In 1988, California Congressman Dan Brath's wife Trina and her teenage daughters, Jill and Phoebe, lead a Norman Rockwell life of affluence and public service. Then a beautiful young Congressional intern disappears.
Brath, suspected of having an affair with the young woman, is questioned. Although he is never arrested, the media has a field day with him. Trina stands by her man even though she knows he has cheated countless times before. Convicted by the court of public opinion, Brath's career is over. Even when the intern surfaces again, the damage has been done.
Brath and Trina -- and daughters Lesley and Phoebe -- cannot return to the blissful life of privilege they once took for granted. Even worse, the happiness and emotional security they once shared have been shattered into so many pieces, that, like Humpty Dumpty, cannot be put together again.
The next 2 decades find the disparate members of the family struggling against their demons. Only when they face the past -- and each other -- can they heal and embrace what the future may hold.
I've never been disappointed when reading a novel by Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, and His Wife and Daughters is no exception. I give this a definite 2 thumbs up.
My only criticism is that I didn't really like any of the characters. I do like to fall in love with a protagonist, but here I felt angry at the way each one behaved in certain situations. I realize that flawed characters were necessary to the story's topic however. Ms. Arbor is a very talented writer and she cleverly portrays a scenario that happens all too often in our contemporary society, and the consequences that occur because of it. A solid and enjoyable read.