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From The CriticsWill Bartlett is the celebrated director of a resident theater. Respected by his actors and admired by his family, he appears to be blessed with an infallible sense for drama. So when a whim strikes him to bring the entire cast of an upcoming production to his summerhouse for a monthlong workshop, he sees his vision materialize within hours. Soon the problems surrounding his own faltering marriage steal the limelight, and, for the first time, Will is unable to control the action. This novel of careful tempo and innovative voice resembles a theater production, with the cast of characters playing off of the needs and weaknesses of the Bartlett family, whose members include Will's wife, their teenage daughter and their sensitive eight-year-old son. Lives unravel during the course of Will's ill-fated experiment, and the Bartletts' dysfunction takes center stage.