Personal problems and private crisis are thrown into focus as radical lawyer, and larger than life father, Joel, lies in coma. Each chapter brings a different story: Rosa’s growing interest in Orthodox Judaism, strong-minded Audrey coming to terms with an unexpected revelation; Karla’s unhappy marriage. The fascination lies in the family dynamic as each member grapples with major life decisions – and a writing style that does both funny and moving with equal skill.
Audrey sat down in an armchair. The walls of the lounge had been painted with a special sponging technique to give the impression of fresco. Hanging above the sofa where Kate was sitting was a group of nautical prints: unmanned schooners on glassy seas. A low table in the corner of the room was piled high with back issues of American Business and American Baby. 'Well, this is a real shit-hole, isn't it?' Audrey remarked as she took out her phone.