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In hopes of improving family relations, affluent physician Richard invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to vacation with his at a comfortable house in the English countryside. From the start, it seems like a prescription for boredom or, more likely, disaster. Both couples are dysfunctional and the children seem more preoccupied with iPods or working out their own personal issues than bonding as an extended family. This new novel by Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time) possesses the evocative richness of a seven-day domestic Big Chill event. Recommended for fans of Jonathan Franzen and comparable authors.