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Little Monsters

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And a deep brooding childhood secret between Abby and Ken that is inching its way to the surface will have explosive effects on all. The chapters in Little Monsters alternate between the three Gardners and two other characters, who add depth of field to hidden events in the Gardner’s complicated history. I suppose I did like Abby, and I hope motherhood brings more happiness and genuine love into her life. There is little objective truth here, as everything is revealed through interpretations: Abby’s art, Ken’s polished persona, Adam’s mania.

In a novel full of political conflict and nuance, I was surprised that the lesbian police officer got so little focus. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. Ken a successful but ruthless businessman, providing financial support to not only his family, but his sister alike. Abby and Ken used to be close when they were young but things happened between them…and now, there is a tension between them. Little Monsters” is set during the precise cultural moment when it seemed that a woman would soon be ensconced in the White House.It spends its time on the emotional fallout of the abuse, but does not go into unnecessary details about the event (or events) itself. Among them were family, friendship, sibling rivalry, mental health, consequences for impulsive behaviors and actions, expectations and ambitions.

Set against the backdrop of a very beautiful and familiar area of cape code, all of the characters are relatable, likeable, hateable in their choices. His parenting style combined benign neglect with instruction in the flora and fauna of the Cape, punctuated by disappearances when he went off his bipolar meds and/or fell in love again.

Ken is a successful businessman with political ambitions and a picture-perfect family and Abby is a talented visual artist who depends on her brother’s goodwill, in part because he owns the studio where she lives and works. The seller states in the listing that they normally post within 5 business days however it was 16 days before this item was posted from the warehouse. That book evoked the same push and pull feeling of needing to consume quickly while slowing down to stretch out the reading experience.

Brodeur’s extensive knowledge and respect for the landscape is transcendental; whether or not you are familiar with the famed New England island, you will finish this book with a deeper appreciation for its ecosystem.

The only chapters that I looked forward to were that of Adam’s (the father), as that was the only time I would get a chuckle or two. The way in which Adam Stower’s illustrations perfectly complimented David Walliams’ story added an extra layer to this awesome book. She is the undercurrent of and catalyst in this cause-and-effect story, whose death at age 30 left Adam a distracted, single father, and Ken and Abby emotionally on their own to cling to each other in a way that might not have been healthy.

When I first started Little Monsters and the wealthy, business-savvy Ken showed up I immediately thought of the HBO show Succession, which I’ve been watching lately.This is a wonderfully written family/sibling saga with the language at times being almost lyrical and poetic. Little Monsters is a tender, engaging tale that sweeps you away to the idyllic Cape Cod during 2016 and into the lives of the Gardner family, especially siblings Ken and Abby, as the preparations for their father’s upcoming seventieth birthday party will have them finally confronting all the jealousy, resentment, pain, scars, long-buried secrets, and despicable behaviours that have tied them together since childhood. Somehow this book covers so many topics but never feels like our author was trying to check off all the boxes. It is summer 2016, and as Adam’s birthday celebration approaches, the family drama unfolds on the cusp of radical change.

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