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Like Dostoevsky's Karamazovs, the Wakemans are at once very real individuals, and allegorical figures; characters painstakingly built from the ground up upon the minutia of everyday life..
The family all teeter on the cusp of change. Amos inherits money, quits his job, and tries to open a children’s shelter; Caleb is a professor teetering on the edge of cheating on his wife who has cancer, while at the same time trying to breathe life into his academic work; while a host of other Wakeman’s young and old all struggle with life choices.
French’s writing is rich and lyrical, with literary, mythic, and philosophic overtones. "Do our deeds, he wondered, reverberate in ways we don’t expect? Do we have an existence apart from our own –a shadow? –that enters the lives of others and remains as a permanent influence?”
A superb read.