By Lionel Shriver
Following the loss of life of her precious liberal mom and dad, Corlis McCrea strikes again into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all 3 siblings. Her timid more youthful brother hasn't ever left domestic. whilst her bullying black-sheep older brother strikes into "his" condominium in addition, it truly is conflict. each one inheritor wishes the home. but to shop for the opposite out, siblings needs to group opposed to one. simply as in girlhood, Corlis is torn among allying with the good yet worried youngest and the iconoclastic eldest, who covets his legacy to ruin it. a wonderfully solid kin is a beautiful exam of inheritance, literal and mental: what we take from our mom and dad, what we discard, and what we're caught with, love it or now not.
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Undoubtedly, her heart. Both boys were terribly sweet. Andrew got right on the phone to BA, and I hadn’t known there were special rates for emergency bereavements—I got on a flight at half price the next day. He fixed me tea while Peter, predictably, ran for vodka. They both saw me off at Heathrow, while I assured them I’d be back in a few days; I had to put up my show at the Curlew when I returned. 22 Take care of my darlings in the spare room, I said, and kissed each of them, daringly, on the mouth.
I doubt two women would have been capable of it, but judging from the ease and hilarity of that period those chaps must have kept their traps shut. About that time I feel wistful, though I know I shouldn’t—playing double-footsie under the oilcloth; rushing to throw on my jeans when Andrew and I heard a key in the door; pretending wakefulness so that Andrew would lumber off to bed before Peter stumbled jovially in after last call. I knew our trio couldn’t last, but somehow neither man encroached emotionally on the other in my head.
Hell, yes, I’m relieved. ’ As Truman plopped glasses into the soapy water, Mordecai wrapped his hand around his tumbler, and Averil, I noted, did not have the nerve to clear Mordecai’s glass. ‘I find it a little hard to picture,’ Truman went on, his voice almost affable in a way that unnerved me. ‘You driving to buy her groceries; you listening to the day they met in the Young Democrats for the eighty millionth time; you rolling up her smelly sheets and tucking in fresh ones. ’ ‘You’re damn right I wouldn’t have changed her sheets.