By Peter Behrens
An unforgettable saga of affection, loss, and exhilarating switch spanning part a century within the lives of a stressed relatives, from the writer of the acclaimed novel The legislations of Dreams.
The O’Briens is a relations tale not like any informed prior to, a story that pours immediately from the guts of a fabulous, tragic, bold extended family. In Joe O’Brien—grandson of a potato-famine emigrant, and a backwoods boy, railroad mogul, patriarch, brooding soul—Peter Behrens provides us a fiercely compelling guy who exchanges isolation and poverty within the Canadian wilds for a percentage within the amazing riches and eating sorrows of the 20 th century.
When Joe meets Iseult Wilkins in Venice, California, the tale in their courtship—told in Behrens’s stunning, honed style—becomes the 1st circulation in a symphony of the generations. Husband and spouse, brothers, sisters-in-law, youngsters and grandchildren, the O’Briens have interaction unselfconsciously with their century, and we adventure their instances no longer as ancient tableaux yet as lives passionately lived. on the center of this clan—at the center of the novel—is secret and insanity grounded within the heritage of Irish sorrow. The O’Briens is the tale of a guy, a wedding, and a family members, informed with epic precision and wondrous imagination.
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V On the first day of every month, unless it was Sunday, the businesslike Robert Budd dictated a letter to his son—a good, satisfying letter telling about the family and the business, and never failing to include some advice to the boy about taking care of himself, and learning to spend money wisely, and not letting women get too much hold on him. Lanny had saved these communications over a period of years, and if he had published them, judiciously expurgated, they might have made a New England equivalent of the letters of Lord Chesterfield.
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