Siblings. Sometimes siblings have the same childhood, especially when they are close in age. Other times, siblings recall family life in radically different ways. In her novel titled, The Last Romantics, Tara Conklin introduces readers to the Skinner family. The three girls and one boy shared major trauma in childhood: the death of their father, and the depression of their mother for multiple years, a period they named “the pause.” The perspective of the novel comes from the future, giving comfort that the siblings survived. Sorrow and love formed them and changed them. Conklin tells their stories with great skill and insight into human nature.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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