March 7, 2017

A Perfectly Good Family by Lionel Shriver

By Lionel Shriver

Following the demise of her useful liberal mom and dad, Corlis McCrea strikes again into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all 3 siblings. Her timid more youthful brother hasn't ever left domestic. whilst her bullying black-sheep older brother strikes into "his" apartment to boot, it's war.

Each inheritor wishes the home. but to shop for the opposite out, siblings needs to workforce opposed to one. simply as in girlhood, Corlis is torn among allying with the respectable yet frightened youngest and the iconoclastic eldest, who covets his legacy to smash it. A completely solid Family is a gorgeous exam of inheritance, literal and mental: what we take from our mom and dad, what we discard, and what we're caught with, love it or no longer.

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He was holding a few board games, each a decade or two old. He was a foot shorter than me and had a huge stomach that hung out of the bottom of his shirt. His shirt read: “I [image of heart] America” Only one side of his top teeth were present—and those angled off to the side, making his head look slanted. Like his face had collapsed. Like a house with a wall knocked out. He had a cartoony voice too. Made phlegmy sounds. 51 [SAM PINK] He pointed at my beard and said, “I yike how y’have dat. ” “Oh, thanks,” I said.

No end to the recycling. Just keep going keep going. Stop thinking. I began to dry myself off. Noticed you can’t use the same drying motion with paper towels as you can with a fabric towel. Truly, two different towels. The best method was to fold two connected paper towels in half—over each other—then gently touch them down over the wet areas of your body. Scrubbing motions wrinkled and tore the paper towels. I was able to dry off my whole body with about three paper towels, adding a third to the first two near the end.

Then my shitty prepaid phone vibrated. I checked it. I pressed a button to receive the message. Half a minute, subtracted. The subtraction was done on the screen of the phone. It showed how many minutes were being subtracted, then showed the remaining total. 33 [SAM PINK] Half a minute for a text message. Full minute for each minute of talking. A countdown. An equation. Death. The end of my maniac youth. Extinction. My face, burnt black against my skull. World peace times infinity. I read the message.

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