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The Brambles by Eliza Minot
The Brambles are a family, with widowed father Arthur dying of cancer, and the three siblings, Margaret, Max, and Edie, trying to come to grips with it. Margaret is a suburban housewife, overburdened with maternal duties, but she decides that her father should come from California to her New Jersey home. She sends Edie, a single, lonely, bulimic woman, to California drive their father cross country. Max lives in New York City, unwilling to tell his wife that he's quit his job, and spending his days hanging around the city listlessly. As the family draws together, family secrets are uncovered. Eliza Minot's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch saying, "Like Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, The Brambles takes an unflinching look at a family whose patriarch has grown old and whose children have grown up. But where Franzen's novel shines with a hard, glittery intelligence, Minot's is bathed with a poet's affection and warmth for her subjects."