Ben is, at last, leaving home. At twenty-two, he's the youngest of the family. His mother, Edie, an actress, is distraught. His father, Russell, a theatrical agent, is rather hoping to get his wife back.
His brother, Matthew, is struggling in a relationship in which he achieves and earns less than his girlfriend. And his sister, Rosa, is wrestling with debt and the end of a turbulent love affair.
Meet the Boyd family and the empty nest, twenty-first-century style.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/01/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552773119
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Review by Limelite
I was curious about this book because of the author who is a direct descendent of Anthony Trollope. After having read it, I can say that the genes for good writing (though not political writing, per se) have been transmitted unto this, the ultimate living generation.Everyone is given a second chance at life, when frustrated by their first chance at it. The question is: Will the second chance prove to work out better for them?Devoted mum and retired actress gets a part now that she’s a woebegone empty-nester; her hubby gets a chance to have his wife all to himself – oops! The kids come home; eldest daughter loses her job, her apartment, her self-esteem, but will she recover any of those when she gets a new boyfriend? Eldest son has the perfect job and perfect girlfriend who earns more than him until she buys a flat he can’t afford to go in on, causing their separation. That girlfriend has the perfect job and the perfect flat but loses her boyfriend, then discovers she’s pregnant. Finally the devoted mum’s sister is separated from her husband, who after forays into wild oat sowing, wants to return, asking for a second chance to prove that he’s changed.Will the frayed strands of their lives re-knit themselves again?It’s a romp of a book, well constructed, and well written, of obvious entertainment value, but Trollope will need a second chance to write a book of lasting literary value.