A perfectly good family by Lionel Shriver

A perfectly good family by Lionel Shriver (March BRC book group)

a perfectly good family

The Bognor Regis campus book club will be meeting to discuss A perfectly good family by Lionel Shriver on Wednesday 25th April in St Michael’s F3.  Any member of staff is welcome to join us.  Please book your space by emailing staffdevelopment@chi.ac.uk

Following the success of the book and film ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’, ‘A Perfectly Good Family’ is coming back into print after being unavailable for years.

Corlis McCrea moves back into her family’s grand mansion in North Carolina after her parents have died.  The house has been left to three siblings. 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. ‘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.

Looking forward to hearing what you think of this book.  New members are always welcome and if you cannot attend the meeting please let me know what you think of this book.

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2 thoughts on “A perfectly good family by Lionel Shriver”

  1. I am half way through this book and I kind of love and hate it. I don’t like any of the characters, but they are all very interesting! Corlis isn’t shying away from any of her flaws or those of her family. It’s not a gripping tale but I am finding all the introspection fascinating. What do you think?

  2. Oh dear! This might just be the worst book we’ve read since the Alchemist. This scored an average of 2 (and that’s only because I gave it a generous 6). We decided that the characters were too polarised and the ending too unrealistic. Looking forward to an easier read next time!

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