A Friend of the Family
Lauren Grodstein
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A Friend of the Family
Lauren Grodstein
Algonquin Books
320 pages
November 2010
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Pete Dizinoff has worked hard to give his family a good life. The internist has a thriving practice, a loving wife, lots of friends and a beautiful home. He also has a son named Alec, a boy on whom Pete has placed all his hopes.

Alec has been afforded every opportunity and advantage that money can buy. He has been bailed out of scrapes with the law, and his father has finagled Alec’s way into a good college. With a little luck and maturity, Alec may turn out the way his father wants.

Then disaster strikes. Pete’s best friend’s daughter, Laura, enters Alec’s life. Ten years his senior and with a past so shocking no one even wants to talk of it, Laura has set her sights on Pete’s pride and joy.

At this late date and given what he has already gone through to get his son to this point, Pete has no intention of letting it all go down the drain. If he has to intervene and derail this love affair, so be it. Unfortunately, the doting father has no idea what he is getting into. More to the point, he doesn’t realize that he is about to destroy everything he really cares about.

A family drama that packs a punch, this novel was listed as a “best book” pick by Amazon.com, Bookpage and the Washington Post when it was released in hardcover. Deeply gripping, this story is one that you’ll remember for months to come.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Bob Walch, 2010

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