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The Other Familyby Joanna Trollope
Synopses & Reviews
When Richie Rossiter, once a famous pianist, dies unexpectedly, Chrissie knows that she must now tell the truth to their three daughters: their parents were never married. Yet there is one more shock to come when Richieand#8217;s will is read. It seems he never forgot the wife and son he left behind years agoand#8212;Margaret, who lives a quiet life of routine and work, and Scott, who never knew his famous father. Now two families are left to confront their losses and each other, and none of them will ever be the same. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Witty, intelligent, and insightful, andlt;Iandgt;The Other Family andlt;/Iandgt;is a story of modern family life from one of our most beloved authors of domestic fiction.
"An unexpected line in a will leads to complications and new beginnings in Trollope's eminently readable latest (after Friday Nights). The novel opens outside London with the sudden death of Richie Rossiter, a once-popular pianist whose star has been on the wane for some time. Chrissie, Richie's partner for the past 23 years, is shocked to learn that Richie has left his piano and his early musical estate to his 'other family' — Margaret, the wife he never divorced, and their son, Scott, now an aimless bachelor. Soon after, Chrissie's youngest daughter, Amy, becomes fascinated with her father's original family and his humble roots, leading to a tentative friendship with her half-brother that may result in new opportunities for both of Richie's families. At times, the grieving characters — particularly Chrissie — seem excessively distraught about trivial matters, but Trollope's keen ear for dialogue and her pointed development of secondary characters keep the novel on the safe side of overwrought, while the hopeful if too tidy conclusion highlights the sometimes surprising possibilities that can emerge in the wake of grief." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Joanna Trollope has been writing fiction for more than 30 years.andnbsp; Some of her best known works include andlt;Iandgt;Daughters-in-Lawandlt;/Iandgt;,andnbsp;andlt;iandgt;Theandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Other Familyandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Rector's Wifeandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;A Village Affairandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Other People'sandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Children,andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Marrying the Mistressandlt;/iandgt;.andnbsp; She was awarded the OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honors List for services to literature.andnbsp; She lives in England.
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