We Only Know So Much

We Only Know So Much

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Four generations of an American family living under one roof, including Gordon, who thinks he's losing his mind, and his wife Jean, devastated by her lover's suicide, each look for meaning in all the wrong places.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2012
ISBN: 9780062099471
Branch Call Number: CRANE
Characteristics: 280, 14 p. ; 20 cm

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TheresaAJ
Oct 13, 2016

This is the October 2016 selection for the Willa Cather Book Club. This novel is a character study of a family who's in crisis but doesn't know it. This multi-generational family includes Great Grandmother Vivian, Grandfather Theodore, Gordon and his wife Jean, and their two children, Priscilla and Otis. It's a cast of characters that isn't living the American dream. Events start accelerating when Jean discovers her lover James hanging from his living room rafters with a note that simply states "I'm sorry." As Jean deals with her grief, other events spin around her and come to a climax when Priscilla finds her grandfather dead on the front porch. Moments of dark humor and the interpretation of an event through characters ranging from 9 to 98 save this novel from being completely dark.

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TheresaAJ
Oct 13, 2016

"Review: difficult daughter, know-it-all dad, son sweet and okay if a little weird, mom delayed potential/having affair, great-grandmother bitchy, granddad losing it. So we know where we're starting."

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