Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Published: February 5, 2019
A touching and moving story about siblings, forgiveness and family dynamics.
I enjoy books about family dramas and I am especially fond of stories where the bonds of siblings help them through life’s challenges and this one was heartfelt, honest and very special.
In The Last Romantics, the four children are left to their own devices after their father dies and their mother disappears into her room for days at a time. They call this time “the Pause”. Fiona, the narrator, describes her and her beloved brother Joe as feral and wild. Older sister Caroline and Renée have different perspectives as they shoulder more responsibilities. Regardless this period of time will affect all the children in one way or another.
Two decades later, the sisters come together for another crisis. Joe has been their golden boy and they have all put him on a pedestal. He made the Skinner family whole again and they adore him. The sisters have grown apart as adults but they always look out for their brother.
I was completely engrossed in this family tale of love and hate, strength and weakness and I loved Tara Conklin’s empathetic and intelligent writing.
This one will be definitely make my Best of 2019 list!
The New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl explores the lives of four siblings in this ambitious and absorbing novel in the vein of Commonwealth and The Interestings.
“The greatest works of poetry, what makes each of us a poet, are the stories we tell about ourselves. We create them out of family and blood and friends and love and hate and what we’ve read and watched and witnessed. Longing and regret, illness, broken bones, broken hearts, achievements, money won and lost, palm readings and visions. We tell these stories until we believe them.”
When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time.
About the Author:
Tara Conklin has worked as a litigator in the New York and London offices of a corporate law firm but now devotes her time to writing fiction. She received a BA in history from Yale University, a JD from New York University School of Law, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Born in St. Croix, she grew up in Massachusetts and now lives with her family in Seattle, Washington.
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