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The Shape of Family

The Shape of Family

Book - 2020
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From the international bestselling author of Secret Daughter and The Golden Son comes a poignant, unforgettable novel about a family's growing apart and coming back together in the wake of tragedy. The Olander family enjoys the best that life can offer. Though Keith and Jaya come from very different backgrounds-she is the cultured daughter of an Indian diplomat, he grew up in middle-class Philadelphia-they have built a strong and successful marriage on love and their shared ambition and beliefs. They adore their two children: serious, intelligent thirteen-year-old Karina and Prem, their happy, outgoing eight-year-old son and the light of the Olander house. But wealth and love cannot protect them from a sudden, unspeakable tragedy. Devastated by grief, the family's foundation cracks as each member struggles to find a way forward. Jaya turns to religion, immersing herself in meditation and prayer. Keith loses himself in his work, jumping from a stable corporate investment career to an aggressive start up with questionable ethics. Karina relentlessly focuses on college and independence. And Prem watches helplessly as his once warm, close-knit family grows farther apart. As the years pass, the distance between the Olanders crystalizes. Then a second crisis arises, forcing them to confront questions they have long avoided: What is important? How do we show love? And what does it mean to be a family? Compassionate, heartbreaking, wise, and profoundly moving, The Seekers is a story of one family, four individuals, and the myriad choices that can separate us and bind us together.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062933225
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOWDA...S
Characteristics: xvi, 329 pages ; 24 cm


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May 05, 2021

I loved this book and all of the characters. This book tells the story of a family affected by tragedy and how each of them deal with it. The first part of this book was very difficult to read since I didn't know what was coming but I enjoyed the back and forth between all the characters and the ending.

May 25, 2020

This is my third book from this author and in my opinion the weakest one, despite dealing with life altering topics (loss of a sibling, dealing with grief and self blame, self mutilation, cult manipulation, possible rape, etc). To many Important issues to be developed in a deep and meaningful way. But after all, it’s a solid read with a strong message, that we do shape our families for better or worse....

“ Frail is the human being with a million short comings.”
“Human life was full of suffering, and all of suffering was caused by attachment.”

JCLColleenO Apr 13, 2020

I'll read anything this author writes. I love her stories of unique family dynamics, always highlighting Indian culture.

Jan 03, 2020

Made it only to half way. It got tedious.


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