By Karen Olsson
A bittersweet, biting, sharply saw kin drama from the writer of Waterloo
After her father has a middle assault and next surgical procedure, Helen Atherton returns to her fatherland of Washington, D.C., to assist look after him and, might be extra in truth, herself. She's been residing in la, attempting to paintings in Hollywood, slowly spiraling right into a melancholy fueled through hours spent staring at C-SPAN-her obsession with politics a holdover from a youth interrupted through her father's involvement within the Iran-Contra scandal. "I do not know even if to consider him as a coconspirator or a complicit bystander or simply an individual who used to be within the mistaken position on the improper time." although the remainder of the realm has forgotten that scandal, the Atherton relations by no means really recovered. whereas residing along with her father in her youth domestic, Helen attempts to piece jointly the political strikes that pulled her relations apart.
All the Houses is, at its middle, a father-daughter tale. With razor-sharp prose, an eye-catching objectivity, and a dry humorousness, Karen Olsson writes in regards to the shape-shifting of our kin relationships whilst outdoor forces paintings their manner in-how Washington turns humans into unnatural models of themselves, how frustrating and overbearing sisters may be, and the way familial nostalgia that units in in the course of early maturity can end up counterproductive to truly changing into an adult.
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All the Houses: A Novel by Karen Olsson