57 Family Fracas
Families are like fudge: mostly sweet with a few nuts—or so goes the old saying. This event features four takes on families, nuts included. In Billie Livingston's novel, a family learns that redemption can be found in the most unlikely of places. Amy Jones’ novel follows the Parker family’s misadventures after dementia beckons the family matriarch to plunge over a waterfall in a barrel. Jim Lynch puts his imagined family all together in a sailboat, to deal with both the wind’s and life’s twists and turns. And Zoe Whittall’s fictional family patriarch is arrested for sexual assault, leaving his family reeling with questions, denials and rage. Our tendency to care for one another makes for heartfelt fiction in the hands of these authors.