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Little Monsters

Little Monsters

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Alternatively, we suggest that you visit your local library and request to borrow a copy from a friendly librarian, if you cannot find the book on its shelves.

The conservative Ken is a successful real estate developer with political aspirations who “married into an old Boston Brahmin family” and “already had social status and access to money. Exiting the pharmacy, white prescription bags tucked under his arm, Adam felt giddy at having outmaneuvered his odiously smug new doctor. The only chapters that I looked forward to were that of Adam’s (the father), as that was the only time I would get a chuckle or two. Children will howl with laughter in reading this monstrously funny picture book, which celebrates individuality and finding your own voice.The book has multiple themes such as family, sibling rivalry and ambition and family dynamics and dysfunction. Possibly that’s intentional—that’s true in the real world as well as fiction—but I am so personally tired of pregnancy being such a major part of stories about women. She has a secret she is keeping from her family despite the fact that her life and that of Ken’s have always been deeply entwined. At home, Adam tossed the pharmacy bags on the kitchen counter and made himself a cup of tea, which he took outside.

The attitude gap between the men and women of the Gardner clan regarding gender figures prominently in Little Monsters. It serves Ken to view life as made up of winners and losers, with concrete and tangible items making up the dividing line.

Somehow this book covers so many topics but never feels like our author was trying to check off all the boxes. He followed her down the hall to the exam room, still puzzling over why his longtime doctor, at least five years his junior, would have retired.

Abby, an artist on the cusp of a career breakthrough, will unveil her masterpiece painting at Adam’s party. The pond and the woods blurred, and he turned his concentration inward, hovering over the dazzling presence of his idea, which was still just out of reach. To his credit, at the onset of this latest bout of insomnia, Adam followed protocol and made an appointment at the clinic in Hyannis knowing full well what to expect: a blood draw, a barrage of questions, an adjustment of medication. This novel, spanning the first half of the 20th century, follows the trials and tribulations of a farming family in Virginia.The book begins with the impending retirement and 70th birthday of a famed oceanographer, Adam Gardner, coming to grips with the realization that at the end of the day, our relevance in the world is not what we believed it to be in youth. He was born in England and grew up in a village at the edge of Lake Zurich after his family moved to Switzerland. I was very excited to read this book, as I loved the author’s memoir “Wild Game” (which I gave five stars to).

His sister Abby is a teacher and an artist, so perhaps some art for her father’s birthday will suffice. I am happy to say that this book not only lived up to my high expectations it well and truly surpassed them. In alternating chapters told from each character’s point of view, Brodeur brings to vivid life each individual, his or her own internal struggles and how each is unknowingly impacted by and impacting one another. Ken is a successful businessman with political ambitions and a picture-perfect family and Abby is a talented visual artist who depends on her brother’s goodwill, in part because he owns the studio where she lives and works. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.As Adam grows more attuned to the frequencies of the deep sea and less so to the people around him, Ken and Abby each plan the elaborate gifts they will present to their father on his birthday, jostling for primacy in this small family unit.



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