Review: THE FAMILY TABOR by Cherise Wolas

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Many thanks to Flatiron Books for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own.

Book Description: 

Harry Tabor is about to be named Man of the Decade, a distinction that feels like the culmination of a life well lived. Gathering together in Palm Springs for the celebration are his wife, Roma, a distinguished child psychologist, and their children: Phoebe, a high-powered attorney; Camille, a brilliant social anthropologist; and Simon, a big-firm lawyer, who brings his glamorous wife and two young daughters. But immediately, cracks begin to appear in this smooth facade: Simon hasn’t been sleeping through the night, Camille can’t decide what to do with her life, and Phoebe is a little too cagey about her new boyfriend. Roma knows her children are hiding things. What she doesn’t know, what none of them know, is that Harry is suddenly haunted by the long-buried secret that drove him, decades ago, to relocate his young family to the California desert. As the ceremony nears, the family members are forced to confront the falsehoods upon which their lives are built.

My Review: 

As you all know, I have a deep love and admiration for THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY. I read it last year and I never stopped thinking about it. Wolas certainly has a way with words and I believe she is one of the great writers of our time. She’s a true literary genius, so I had very high expectations coming into her second novel. I am happy to say that she did not disappoint. Wolas’ writing is beautiful, thoughtful, introspective, evocative, and emotive. She draws her readers in with an immersive plot and brilliantly written characters with so much depth, you’ll think they are tangible beings.

Harry Tabor is being named Man of the Decade and his family has gathered together to celebrate. Harry and his wife, Roma, and their successful children, Phoebe, Simon, and Camille, appear to have it all, but sometimes things aren’t what they seem. They are all battling their own issues privately, but during the course of one weekend, the facade starts to unravel.

THE TABOR FAMILY is written in the third person, told from multiple perspectives but including inner dialogues. It reads at a steady pace with plenty of drama and secrets to reveal. There are so many complexities and layers to each character, it’s downright incredible. I love the underlying message, that from the outside looking in, you never know what a family is going through. I consider this novel literary fiction with an abundance of mystery and intrigue. I am mesmerized by the use of language and the authenticity and weight to each word. Bravo Cherise Wolas for writing another stunning novel.

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars!

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