By Jennifer Reese
Updated July 14, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Brambles

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  • Book
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This smartly written, haphazardly plotted family saga follows the adult Bramble siblings — supercompetent Margaret, bulimic Edie, immature Max — as they confront their father’s impending death. Has Dad been keeping a shocking family secret? And what is the meaning of his cryptic deathbed message? The emotional center is Margaret, a 21st-century fertility goddess ferrying her three children around in a minivan, sneaking in hot sex with her husband, and making room for life’s myriad experiences — including death — in her home. Eliza Minot doesn’t pull off the lame family mystery in The Brambles, but she does capture all the craziness and fleeting beauty of modern domestic life.

The Brambles

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Eliza Minot
publisher
  • Knopf

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