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THE GOOD LIFE
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
This moving story portrays the relationships between parents and children with insight and honesty. Descriptions of life with an ailing family member are painstakingly accurate and will resonate with many. Although Ann becomes more human as the novel progresses, she’s difficult to like. The detailed depiction of her shallow lifestyle slows the opening.
Wealthy socialite Ann Barons lives in a palatial home with her CEO husband and two teenage children. Despite having every material need met lavishly, her life is empty. That changes when her parents move into her guesthouse, because her mother can no longer care for her father, who suffers from dementia. Their presence teaches the entire Barons family that not everything of value has a price tag. (KENSINGTON, Mar., 352 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Roseann Marlett
Published: March 2013