By Karen Olsson
A bittersweet, biting, sharply saw kin drama from the writer of Waterloo
After her father has a center assault and next surgical procedure, Helen Atherton returns to her place of birth of Washington, D.C., to aid look after him and, probably extra in truth, herself. She's been dwelling in la, attempting to paintings in Hollywood, slowly spiraling right into a melancholy fueled by means of hours spent gazing C-SPAN-her obsession with politics a holdover from a formative years interrupted via her father's involvement within the Iran-Contra scandal. "I have no idea even if to consider him as a coconspirator or a complicit bystander or simply a person who used to be within the incorrect position on the unsuitable time." notwithstanding the remainder of the area has forgotten that scandal, the Atherton relations by no means relatively recovered. whereas residing along with her father in her formative years domestic, Helen attempts to piece jointly the political strikes that pulled her kinfolk 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 concerning the shape-shifting of our relations relationships whilst outdoors forces paintings their means in-how Washington turns humans into unnatural models of themselves, how difficult and overbearing sisters might 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