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& Sons

A Novel

Gilbert, David, 1967-

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
& Sons
A famous reclusive writer and his three sons find their bond tested by the weight of long-held secrets and a cumbersome legacy shaped by boarding school, Hollywood, and the elite circles of the publishing world.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0812993969
Branch Call Number: FIC GILBERT
Characteristics: 434 p. ;,25 cm
Alternate Title: And sons


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Aug 30, 2013
  • JCLRachelSH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Oh, the things about & Sons that drove me bananas — the clunky omniscient narrator, the whole book-within-a-book thing, and the one-dimensional female characters. In this 450-page dramedy about fathers and sons, a crotchety reclusive writer named A.N. Dyer engineers a reunion with his estranged adult children and his illegitimate teenage son, hoping they’ll bond the bonds of brotherly love before he up and dies. (Dyer! See what he did there?) But before I knew what was happening, I found myself caring about the Dyer boys in the same way I cared whether Joey would pick Dawson or Pacey on The WB each week, and I couldn’t wait to get back in the car every morning to tune into the Dyers’ next Upper East Side hijinks. The pages are filled with charming literary vignettes, and if you make it halfway, you’ll get to a full blown science fiction twist that should be a train wreck but somehow isn’t. I actually kind of love this book a little bit because of it, and I’m not telling if the twist is zombies or not.

Aug 17, 2013
  • paulbifford rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Reminded me why I read books. Beautifully written.


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