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Family and Friends
     

Family and Friends

by Anita Brookner
 

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In an ambitious departure from her usual form, Anita Brookner expands her canvas in Family and Friends to create a richly textured novel about the life of a wealthy Jewish family in London, focusing on the generation that came to maturity between the two World Wars. 

Presiding over the Dorn household is the formidable Sofka, an elegant and

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In an ambitious departure from her usual form, Anita Brookner expands her canvas in Family and Friends to create a richly textured novel about the life of a wealthy Jewish family in London, focusing on the generation that came to maturity between the two World Wars. 

Presiding over the Dorn household is the formidable Sofka, an elegant and circumspect widow who watches as her four children find their way into adulthood. Frederick, the sybaritic eldest son, escapes to the comforts of the Riviera while stern, dutiful Alfred runs the family business and burns with unrealized longings; Betty—pleasure-loving, vain, and selfish—makes her ambitious way from Paris to Hollywood, leaving her dreamy, passive sister Mimi to languish at home. A brilliant social novel of lost innocence and the complex nature of family bonds, Family and Friends meticulously portrays the emotional cost of everyday life.

Editorial Reviews

Caryn James
What does ''Family and Friends'' reveal about this unsettling interval between the wars that the novels of Woolf and Waugh and a dozen other writers haven't already? Not much, yet this book clearly shows the author taking control of the genre she has inherited from Jane Austen and Barbara Pym. It is a welcome sign of her artistic maturity, almost as if Anita Brookner has at last become the rebellious daughter moving away from home. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307826237
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/08/2012
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Anita Brookner was born in London and, apart from several years in Paris, has lived there ever since. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988.

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