Family Pictures

Family Pictures

A Novel

Book - 1990
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This tale of a proud, elderly woman who visits and bedevils her son has been hailed as "genuinely adult fiction" by the "Chicago Tribune". Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York ; Grand Rapids : Harper & Row, c1990.
ISBN: 9780061099250
0061099252
9780060163976
0060163976
Characteristics: 389 p. ;,24 cm.

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GailRoger
Dec 02, 2009

I'm left breathless by Sue Miller's ability to tell a story from many different viewpoints - female, male, very young, very old - reflecting attitudes of five different decades. This covers the timelines of several members of one family whose scars radiate out over many years from the autism of one brother. I don't think this is a spoiler, but the final pages detail an idyllic evening just before the birth of the autistic child. We see the family, still small, as yet unwounded, ready to welcome the new child. We the readers have been privy to the years of guilt and consequences, and the poignancy is razor-sharp and achingly beautiful.

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