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Book Information: Condition, the

Condition, the (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

The novel tells the story of the McKotches, a proper New England family that comes apart during one fateful summer. The year is 1976, and the family, Frank McKotch, an eminent scientist; his pedigreed wife, Paulette; and their three beautiful children, has embarked on its annual vacation at the Captain's House, the grand old family retreat on Cape Cod. One day on the beach, Frank is struck by an image he cannot forget: his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gwen, strangely infantile in her child-sized bikini, standing a full head shorter than her younger cousin Charlotte. At that moment he knows a truth that he can never again unknow, something is terribly wrong with his only daughter. The McKotch family will never be the same.

Twenty years after Gwen's diagnosis with Turner's syndrome, a genetic condition that has prevented her from maturing, trapping her forever in the body of a child, all five family members are still dealing with the fallout. Each believes himself crippled by some secret pathology; each feels responsible for the family's demise. Frank and Paulette are acrimoniously divorced. Billy, the eldest son, is dutiful but distant, a handsome Manhattan cardiologist with a life built on compromise. His brother, Scott, awakens from a pot-addled adolescence to a soul-killing job, a regrettable marriage, and a vinyl-sided tract house in the suburbs. And Gwen is silent and emotionally aloof, a bright, accomplished woman who spurns any interaction with those around her. She makes peace with the hermetic life she's constructed, until, well into her thirties, she falls in love for the first time. And suddenly, once again, the family's world is tilted on its axis.

Original title: The Condition
Original languages: English

Quotes:

Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives
FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindDysfunctional Families

Edition #1: Condition, the

Condition, the (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "The ailment at the center of this remarkable novel is the human condition itself. Jennifer Haigh has written a sprawling, emotionally gripping account of one family's troubled history, enlivened by her formidable intelligence and deep insight into her characters' hearts and minds." Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and Election
  • "With humor, grace, and an abiding compassion that is becoming her signature, Jennifer Haigh illuminates the dark tangle of desire and deed that is the family, that crucible we so often yearn to flee yet keep coming back to again and again. The Condition is unsentimental, compelling, and moving." Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog
  • " Filled with genuine insight and touching lyricism. " Kirkus Reviews
  • "Poignant...A strong nod to the healing power of love." Publishers Weekly
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Condition, the (July 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780060755782
Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.42 x 1.35
Pages: 390

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