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Cost by Roxana Robinson
In Cost, Julia Lambert is an artist and art professor who has brought her parents for a visit to her Maine home. Her father is a cantankerous retired neurosurgeon and her ever-optimistic mother is descending into Alzheimer's. Her oldest son stops by with unhappy news: her youngest son, Jack, is shooting up heroin in Brooklyn. As the extended family, including Julia's ex-husband and her sister, rally around Jack and try to intervene in his life, each confronts their own fears and anxieties as Jack's potential for a promising future slips away a little more every day. Roxana Robinson's novel has received positive reviews with BookPage saying, "A reader searching for a nice book about a bucolic summer in a gently rundown beach house won't find it here. Robinson's descriptions of Jack's physical pain and discomfort, insane cravings and general madness are some of the most harrowing passages this reviewer has ever read. Cost is a perfect title for this wrenching book; everything this family does seems to extract a price that's too high to pay."