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The Shape of Family

The Shape of Family

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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
0062933221
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOWDA...S
Characteristics: xvi, 329 pages ; 24 cm

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Kmum1
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.

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EucaryaM
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.

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molly
Jan 03, 2020

Made it only to half way. It got tedious.

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