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ISBN: 0061239496
Author: Lionel Shriver
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st edition (July 3, 2007)
Pages: 277
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 988
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Shriver's "A Perfectly Good Family" was as near to a perfect novel as I have ever read. Lionel Shriver brings a unique wit to her storytelling. Her tale is fresh and funny. She gives her characters depth but isn't oppressive about it.

Shriver's "A Perfectly Good Family" was as near to a perfect novel as I have ever read. It is the story of three very different siblings who inherit their family home, a very grand southern colonial manor. A bulk of the story takes place in the home and it is very dialogue heavy. As I was reading, I kept thinking that it would really translate well into a stage play. Shriver does a fantastic job at writing tension and cutting remarks. The novel is told from the point of view of the middle child and only girl, Corlis.

A Perfectly Good Family-which my mother prefers tellingly to misre-member as The Perfect Family-is the only novel I’ve .

A Perfectly Good Family-which my mother prefers tellingly to misre-member as The Perfect Family-is the only novel I’ve ever written set in North Carolina, where I was raised. When I was a kid, it wasn’t yet fashionable to hail from the American South, and once I came of age I fled my Tarheel heritage-as well as my accent-for New York. Employing a parallel-universe structure, Shriver follows Irina’s life as it unfolds under the influence of two drastically different men. In a tour de force that, remarkably, has no villains, Shriver explores the implications, both large and small, of our choice of mate-a subject of timeless, universal fascination for both sexes.

Other Books by Lionel Shriver

Other Books by Lionel Shriver. when I died no one called me ‘good’-though considering what I had just left behind me in London, there was little danger of that. I don’t know what we’re going to do with all this junk,’ said Averil. At least she was candid.

A Perfectly Good Family book. Shriver’s A Perfectly Good Family was as near to a perfect novel as I have ever read. Following the death of her worthy liberal parents, Corlis. Lionel Shriver has been a huge discovery for me. She is a ridiculously gifted writer and I look forward to working my way through her novels.

A Perfectly Good Family is a stunning examination of inheritance, literal and psychological: what we take from our parents, what we discard, and what we are stuck with, like it or not. About the AuthorLionel Shriver's previous novels include The Post-Birthday World, We Need to Talk About. About the AuthorLionel Shriver's previous novels include The Post-Birthday World, We Need to Talk About Kevin (winner of the Orange Prize), and The Female of the Species. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Lionel Shriver (born Margaret Ann Shriver; May 18, 1957) is an American journalist and author who lives in the United Kingdom. She is best known for her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005 and was adapted into the 2011 film of the same name, starring Tilda Swinton. Shriver was born Margaret Ann Shriver on May 18, 1957, in Gastonia, North Carolina, to a deeply religious family (her father is a Presbyterian minister)

Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Earlier books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and Checker and the Derailleurs.

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A Perfectly Good Family.

Following the death of her worthy liberal parents, Corlis McCrea moves back into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all three siblings. Her timid younger brother has never left home. When her bullying black-sheep older brother moves into "his" house as well, it's war.

Each heir wants the house. Yet to buy the other out, two siblings must team against one. Just as in girlhood, Corlis is torn between allying with the decent but fearful youngest and the iconoclastic eldest, who covets his legacy to destroy it. A Perfectly Good Family is a stunning examination of inheritance, literal and psychological: what we take from our parents, what we discard, and what we are stuck with, like it or not.

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Lionel Shriver has been a huge discovery for me. She is a ridiculously gifted writer and I look forward to working my way through her novels.

Shriver's "A Perfectly Good Family" was as near to a perfect novel as I have ever read. It is the story of three very different siblings who inherit their family home, a very grand southern colonial manor. A bulk of the story takes place in the home and it is very dialogue heavy. As I was reading, I kept thinking that it would really translate well into a stage play. Shriver does a fantastic job at writing tension and cutting remarks.

The novel is told from the point of view of the middle child and only girl, Corlis. Corlis spends much of the book analyzing her two brothers and dead parents, yet is very unaware of her own culpability in the family dynamic. There was one big thing about Corlis' narrative that really rang true for me, the way she described her parents. She lashed out at them and picked on their short comings. I often find myself doing the same thing regarding my mom, who passed away three years ago. I think it comes from a place of hurt and frustrating, but it can come across as callous. I'm not sure if I would have understood this part of Corlis, if I had not had personal experience.

My only negative was how the book ended. I felt like it was wrapped up a bit too neatly, although I am not sure of a better way to have ended it.
Sardleem
Shriver has again forced her insight into family dysfunction upon us, yet given a reprieve in a wit which she had henceforth been accused by her detractors of not having. Curl up in your childhood home with this read and you will likely learn that one's own ghosts are much as everyone else's: they belong to most of us.
Ricep
I haven’t read a single book of hers that I didn’t find fascinating. Unhappy but likable families in problematic situations is her stock in trade. Here it’s adult siblings fighting over property as a proxy for what they didn’t get in childhood.
Tygolar
Lionel Shriver is a good story teller. This one takes a little "getting into" The story starts slowly, but at every page turn she adds more depth to her characters. I felt like as I read I got to know them better because more was revealed about each character. A sister sandwiched between two very different brothers and she takes on the role of letting each brother think he is her favorite. Only when she gets out of the way can the brothers begin to love each other directly rather than through her. She too finds she is capable of so much more. The characters make up the book as it revolves around these three siblings and their family home. It was one of those books I read more slowly at the end because I did not want the story to be over.
Winotterin
When so many modern novels are about dysfunctional families, why read another one? There are several reasons. Lionel Shriver brings a unique wit to her storytelling. Her tale is fresh and funny. She gives her characters depth but isn't oppressive about it.

The "perfectly good family" in question consists of Corlis, Truman, and Mordecai McCrea, three siblings who must come together to deal with their inheritance after their mother's death. The will leaves each child a quarter of the estate (consisting mostly of the family home) with the remaining quarter going to the ACLU. Truman (the youngest, who has always lived with his parents, even after his marriage) feels entitled to keep the house for himself. Mordecai (the oldest, pushing 40, with three broken marriages and a drinking problem) wants to sell the place and use his share of the money to revive his cash-poor business. Corlis (who was invited to leave her flat in London after her two male roommates discovered that she was splitting her affections between them) has decided to stay in North Carolina but finds herself in the middle of the dispute between the brothers, neither of whom can buy out the other's interest without her help.

A Perfectly Good Family was first published in Great Britain in 1996. Shriver's sixth novel mixes comedy with drama, but there isn't much dramatic tension in the conflict between the children. The drama increases toward the end, as the deadline for selling or refinancing draws near (the ACLU wants its money and isn't inclined to wait any longer), but the mood remains lighthearted. The reader has little reason to invest in either brother; in their separate ways, they are equally childish. Corlis, who provides the novel's point of view (and who seems to be something of a stand-in for Lionel Shriver, who grew up with two brothers in Raleigh, where the novel is set), is a more sympathetic character, although so often adrift and indecisive that it is difficult to cheer for her success. The novel ends on an up note that quickly follows a tragedy, but none of that created an emotional impact that would lead me to recommend the novel as a satisfying family drama.

As light comedy, however, the novel succeeds. The characters are amusing and in broad terms are recognizable as members of typical American families. Shriver's pithy observations about their roles in the family and in life make the novel worthwhile. For instance, Truman looks forward to finishing a product (shampoo or whatever) so he can buy a new one, leading Corlis to wonder "if this delight in dispatching products in order to re-acquire them wasn't a functional definition of the middle class." It's that kind of gleefully irreverent writing that gives the novel its edge, and thus its value. A Perfectly Good Family didn't generate any belly laughs while I was reading it, but it produced enough knowing nods and soft chuckles to make me recommend it as a better-than-average comedic exploration of a family dynamic.
Keth
I didn't like this one. It was rather boring and tedious and the characters were selfish, annoying, and unlikable.

Usually I like Shriver's extremely detailed descriptions and insight into the character's thoughts and motives, but these characters were pretentious, irritating, arrogant, and uninteresting so it was really boring. I only finished it coz I usually really like her writing so I was hoping it would get better. It did, but barely. It was a nice, tidy ending, but not worth the rest of the tedium.

I'll continue to read Shriver because I do like her writing and story lines, but I wouldn't recommend this one. At all.
Drelalen
STILL READING THIS ONE. IT GOES INTO A LOT OF DISCRIPTION THAT ISN'T THAT INTERESTING.
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