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November 27, 2009

A Family Daughter — by Maile Meloy


Don't be misled by the "Little House on the Prairie"-like title: this book's for grown-ups.

Or those capable of pretending.

In any event, let me — having become a recent member of the Maile Meloy Marching & Chowder Society/Fan Club — go on the record here and state that this, her second novel, published in 2006, is every bit as absorbing, surprising, and addictive as the first ("Liars and Saints," reviewed in a July 24, 2009 post).

An August 18, 2009 post touched on her two collections of short stories, both superb.

I'm reading everything she writes from now on till one of us crumps.

Maybe if I go first and some people are right, I'll be able to keep reading should I depart this coil ahead of her.

But I digress.

The weirdly American Dysfunctional Santerre family stars in this story, with all manner of adjunct characters trying to get involved.

But don't take my word for it: read Janet Maslin's rave New York Times review.

Read the first six pages and/or browse the book here.

Read the first 10 pages (roughly) here.

2003 interview with the author here.

Trust me, you could do a lot worse for $4.40 than find yourself tucked in with this book.

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