Colette Jones has had problems of her own with alcohol, but now it seems as though her whole family is in danger of turning to booze. This is a darkly funny novel about a quirky, troubled family as it lurches from farce to tragedy to pub and back again.Colette Jones has had problems of her own with alcohol, but now it seems as though her whole family is in danger of turning to booze. This is a darkly funny novel about a quirky, troubled family as it lurches from farce to tragedy to pub and back again.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2005-07-25 Meet the JonesesAa suburban London family you could never keep up with at the pub. Excessive drinking is a way of life for several of them, including the brilliant pianist son, his dour, newly widowed uncle, and eventually Aldous, who could be called the family patriarch if this motley collection of people, bound by genetics and affection, had a strong traditional structure. But this lyrical novel, set in 1970s England and a finalist for the Booker Prize, reveals just how untethered to each other individuals living under the same roof can become. The mother, Colette, is the heroine, a woman not without weaknesses herself, who tries vainly to care for her brother and to believe the best of her son. Woodward resists any temptation to aggrandize Colette, and, indeed, all the characters are portrayed plainly, but in a matter-of-fact style that leaves their motivations murky. No doubt plenty of families like the Joneses exist, but the reader's expectation of some redemption and evolution can't be ignored. The steady downward slide of a family, even one as finely sketched as this one, doesn't make for uplifting reading. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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