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The Condition by Jennifer Haigh
The Condition begins in 1976 when the McKotch family vacations in Cape Cod. Frank McKotch realizes his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gwen, still has the body of a girl. It turns out Gwen suffers from Turner syndrome, a genetic condition that will prevent her from ever reaching puberty. In a family of strained relationships, this news forces the family apart. Over twenty years later, the family remains fractured. Frank, a scientist suffering through his own midlife crisis, fervently wants medicine to find a way to cure his daughter. His ex-wife, Paulette, remains repressed and aloof. The eldest son, Billy, is a successful New York cardiologist, but makes very little contact with the family to hide his homosexuality. The younger son, Scott, is an ex-stoner trapped in an unhappy marriage. Gwen has found a quiet, isolated life working in a museum in Pittsburgh, but a trip to the Caribbean may bring her love, and that event ripples through all of their lives. Jennifer Haigh's novel has received positive reviews with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette saying, "Yet the central question of the story -- how a child whose genetic condition keeps her physically immature can finally be allowed to grow up -- is compelling. So is the personal growth of the McKotch family members as they confront it."