A Friend of the Family

A Friend of the Family

by Lauren Grodstein
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Overview

A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein

Pete Dizinoff, a skilled and successful New Jersey internist, has a loving and devoted wife, a network of close friends, an impressive house, and, most of all, a son, Alec, now nineteen, on whom he has pinned all his hopes. But Pete hadn’t expected his best friend’s troubled daughter to set her sights on his boy. When Alec falls under her spell, Pete sets out to derail the romance, never foreseeing the devastating consequences.

In a riveting story of suburban tragedy, Lauren Grodstein charts a father’s fall from grace as he struggles to save his family, his reputation, and himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616200343
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 11/09/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 101,423
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

LAUREN GRODSTEIN is the author of four previous works of fiction, including the New York Times bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, which was a Washington Post Best Book Pick, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, a BookPage Best Book, and an Indie Next Pick. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Her website is www.laurengrodstein.com.

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A Friend of the Family 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually I can figure out where a story is going; however, this one kept surprising me. It was quick and good!
princetonbookreview More than 1 year ago
Almost from the start I was drawn into this book in a very compelling way. I liked that the story is told from the perspective of a father as so often this genre of book is carried by a female voice. You also know straight away that the main character Pete has done something regretful and wrong, which adds just a hint of mystery to the book. As the story unfolds I was pulled full force in to the lives and struggles of this suburban NJ family. The central theme of the book dealt with parent child trust and to what extent a father should be involved in life choices of his young adult son and at what point he needed to let go. As the story progressed Grodstein nicely played out the sacrifices a father is willing to make for his son with the main focus on the emotions, which drove Pete to make some rather poor choices. He fiercely loved his son and had a deep desire to want what's best for him. As you can imagine, the rollercoaster of emotions ranged from heartwarming to heart wrenching and my sympathies followed a similar curve as I am not sure I wouldn't have acted similarly. As the title suggests, the book also dealt with friendship on several different levels. Grodstein tested the limits of trust and loyalty in friendship and marriage. In summary this is a story of love, friendship and family dynamics, with unforgettable multidimensional characters, written in an engrossing style that takes hold of you and keeps you turning pages. Book clubs will find it sparks lively discussion as it deals with some typical but touchy family issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a weekend. It is very well written, the characters credible and well developed. Highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very verbose......exceedingly boring with excessive description....constant timeline fluxuations....not recommended
bookworm919 More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book at all. The narrator was completely unlikable and pompous. The author or narrator seemed to relish in only giving you partial facts as if holding back information would make the story more interesting . It did not work. The time frame kept jumping around. Something there were even flashbacks within flashbacks. I had to keep jumping back to figure out when he was in his story. I was hoping the end would make it worth the read, but the end was just poor. It really just ended, no character development, no one got what they deserved. Waste of time.
JerseyGirlpvh More than 1 year ago
This book is good, but it could have been better. The author does a good job of developing characters and the plot is interesting. The book is well written. I agree with another reviewer that the jumping around in time can be a bit confusing. The book moves quickly and there is a good amount of suspense until the end. The characters and plot felt very real to me. It's worth a read. I think this author has the potential to get better, maybe even a lot better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The timeline is super hard to follow. The story is underdeveloped.
asnow4sure More than 1 year ago
Read this book in two days. It was Ok...I found myself getting lost in the swapping of time periods here and there.
EddyAL More than 1 year ago
I found this story easy and entertaining to read. The resolutions are at the very end of the story and everything happens somewhat abruptly. I liked the 1st person narrative. I would recommend this book. Interestingly, I read this on my wife's kindle. I have a nook but this book is not available for it. What's up with that?!
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What happens in the end
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Finished the book and still don't know what to think about the story. Very mixed feelings.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, great character development, they are believable and you can relate to them. Page turner for me, couldn't wait to find out how it would end. I thinkit would make for a good movie. 240 pgs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A somewhat humorous look into the mind of a overly protective parent of a now young adult. We all struggle with when to loosen the apron strings and this story throws in some of the "we are better than you " attitude to boot. I felt embaressment for the son , compassion for the girl and yet could not help but see myself in the father even though he made me angry with his judgments.
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Very good read!
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I was excited this was from a first person male perspective. But it is unfortunate that I found myself disliking most of the characters. Very little happens untul the end of the book and the resolutions feel rushed. I had no attachment to their fate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book.  I don't understand how some readers thought it was boring.  I couldn't put it down.  While it's true that the  story jumped around in different time periods and was sometimes confusing,  it reminded me of how conversations naturally evolve  in that way.  I felt a real connection to the struggles of these families. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me guessing until the end! I really dislike the main character! Easy to get into and associate with the characters