Sunday, January 31, 2010

(9) The Condition by Jennifer Haigh

The Condition
is a story about the All American family. Mother, Father, two sons and a daughter. They are living the All American dream. Dad is a scientist & professor. Mom stays at home to raise her children. Billy, Gwen, & Scotty. It all changes one summer day when Frank notices a difference in Gwen.

Soon their world crumbles. Gwen is diagnosed with Turner's Disease. She will never be more than a girl. She is forever trapped in a little girls body.

Flash forward twenty years. Mother & Father is divorced. Billy is gay, Scotty is married to a shrew & has self diagnosed himself with ADHD. And Gwen is living a grey life. A grown woman trapped in a little girls body.

The Condition was an "eh" kind of book. The amount of manipulation that takes place in this one family is a bit, um, tragic. Paulette (Mom) has taken manipulation to a whole new level. Her children have all taken life paths different that what she thought was acceptable, especially Gwen. She she does what she deems necessary to bring her back to the fold.

I did read the whole book, but it wasn't anything that special. It didn't touch my heart and it didn't make me laugh, but it really didn't seem all that wonderful. Which really disappointed me, because I really wanted this book to be a "Best Of". Oh well. There are more books where that one came from.


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Mimi said...

I agree, it had a great premise and it was universally declared "eh" at Book Club.

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

Glad I wasn't the only one, Mimi.

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