The heroine in Brockway's newest offbeat tale has spent her life avoiding, well, life. The characters in this humorous drama are dysfunctional with a capital "D," which makes the humor bittersweet and touching. Poignancy and laughter vie for supremacy in this most satisfying tale.
For the Olsen clan, Chez Ducky on Fowl Lake, Minn., has been the traditional summer escape for generations. But after the death of their matriarch, rumblings about selling the property surface. For world-class slacker Mimi Olsen, the idea of losing Chez Ducky is unacceptable. She's spent her life trying to avoid responsibility, but when she decides to stay at Chez Ducky over the winter, she suddenly finds herself playing den mother to her injured neighbor Prescott, his unruly pack of dogs and Prescott's handsome, type-A father, Joe Tierney.
The ties of responsibility only get tighter when Mimi's pregnant half-sister, Sarah, turns up. How's a free spirit to remain free under these circumstances? (ONYX, Jan., 432 pp., $7.99)