In Trowden's winning second novel in the Normal Family trilogy, Henry is taking care of his elderly, obstinate father and growing closer to other family members following his brother’s suicide. Throughout, the author deftly weaves humor into tragedy. And while some scenes run long and feature meandering, if colorful, conversation, the descriptions are loaded with original phrasing—at times hilarious, at times cutting. The revelation of family secrets is fitting and poignant, but would -- as with other sections of the book -- be stronger without the on-the-nose commentary that accompanies it.
Date Submitted: June 02, 2016
For NetGalley reviewers, you can read an advance galley there as a pdf. Publication date is September 21, 2016.