THE FAMILY BEACH HOUSE
Readers who enjoy Maine, long passages of description and character introspection should pick up this novel about a family in flux. For everyone else, this book will be a challenge.
Bill McQueen’s adult children are stunned to learn that his girlfriend is coming to the memorial of their mother’s death. As they speculate on what may happen to the beach house where they are gathered, each grapples with their place in the family and their own lives. Widow Tilda wants to move on but needs a “sign” from her late husband. Hannah debates with her wife about becoming parents. Adam searches for his youth with a younger woman. And Craig considers settling down. (KENSINGTON, Jul., 352 pp., $15.00)