The Forrests by Emily Perkins

ImageJust raced through this on my Kindle, savouring every word, and now I want to read everything Emily Perkins has ever written. As the title suggests, it’s a kind of family saga, but centered around one character, Dorothy, and the book follows her from childhood to old age in a series of snapshots. Lots of things that really struck a chord: dysfunctional family, unrequited love, a struggling artist who never makes it (!). She reminds me of John Updike in that she describes the minute details of everyday life beautifully, but the life itself is pretty banal, filled with disappointments and delusions. There is no redemption. In the end we just grow old and die.

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