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A family's love is like no other. The Family Diamond is not a neat and tidy bundle of stories, and it doesn't celebrate people with clear, uncomplicated lives. What it does is weave together stories of humanity: of a stable brother and his complex feelings towards his flighty sister; of the grandparents who raised their grandson, wondering what advice to offer him; of the father who has long given up on his own dreams but not those of his son; and of the old growing older, more infirm and lonely as the years pass.
Schwarzschild's portraits of life ring true, their messiness and dysfunction a testament to the human spirit, their commitment to moving forward a regular leap of faith. The common thread that joins them is love: romantic love, enduring love, familial love. It is love that joins generations, assured and resilient, that warms hearts and fills lives. And it is hope that endures despite the circumstances, that shines its little head and performs a wholly unexpected miracle.
A truly remarkable collection, The Family Diamond ably reminds us that our journey is what defines us, and it is often our less-than-perfect family that gives us the strength and character to carry on. (Holiday 2007 Selection)