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Baby of the Family

Baby of the Family
 

A wry and addictive debut about a modern-day American dynasty and its unexpected upheaval when the patriarch wills his dwindling fortune to his youngest, adopted son--setting off a chain of events that unearth family secrets and test long-held definitions of love and family. The ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781524743178
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Published 5 March 2019 by Dutton Books
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Roosevelt, Maura
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ISBN-13 9781524743178
ISBN-10 1524743178
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Dutton Books
Imprint Dutton Books
Publication Date 5 March 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Roosevelt, Maura
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 231mm
Spine: 43mm
Weight 680g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Brothers and sisters, Inheritance and succession
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 958485

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A wry and addictive debut about a modern-day American dynasty and its unexpected upheaval when the patriarch wills his dwindling fortune to his youngest, adopted son--setting off a chain of events that unearth family secrets and test long-held definitions of love and family. The Whitbys: a dynasty akin to the Astors, once enormously wealthy real-estate magnates who were considered the landlords of New York. There was a time when the death of a Whitby would have made national news, but when the family patriarch, Roger, dies, he is alone. Word of his death travels from the longtime family lawyer to his clan of children, from four separate marriages, and the news isn't good. Roger has left everything to his twenty-one-year-old son Nick, a Whitby only in name, including the houses currently occupied by Shelley and Brooke--two of Roger's daughters from different marriages. And Nick is nowhere to be found. Brooke, the oldest of the children, who is unexpectedly pregnant, leads the search for Nick, hoping to convince him to let her keep her Boston home and her fragile composure. Shelley hasn't told anyone she's dropped out of college just months before graduating, and is living in her childhood apartment while working as an amanuensis for a blind writer named Anandaroop Gupta, with whom she develops a rather complicated relationship. And when Nick, on the run from the law after a misguided and dramatic act of political activism, finally shows up at Shelley's New York home, worlds officially collide as Nick and Mr. Gupta's daughter fall in love. Soon, all three siblings are faced with the question they have been running from their whole lives: What do they want their future to look like, if they can finally escape their past? Weaving together multiple perspectives to create a portrait of an American family, and an American dream gone awry, Baby of the Family is a book about family secrets--how they define us, bind us together, and threaten to blow us (and more) apart. And a simultaneously amusing and heartwarming look at the various ways in which a family can be created.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Advance Praise for Baby of the Family Baby of the Family is a masterpiece, and gripping, and Maura Roosevelt is the realest of deals. You'll love how big it is, and how thrilling. --Darin Strauss, NBCC-winning author of Half a Life

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Author's Bio

Maura Roosevelt holds an MFA from NYU in fiction writing and a BA from Harvard College. For the past four years, she has been a full-time lecturer in NYU's essay writing program and currently teaches writing at the University of Southern California. Her work has been published in places like The Nation and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Baby of the Family was developed from a short story with the same title, which was published in Joyland magazine and given an award for Most Read Story of 2014. Maura is also the great-granddaughter of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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