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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
The Children CHARLOTTE WOOD A father is critically injured, bringing together his children – who stuggle to connect with each ‘ other, their emotions and their past ’ This Australian novel is about a family as normal and dysfunctional as any other. When their father is critically injured, Mandy, a foreign correspondent, and her adult siblings return home. Each of them brings the baggage of childhood. As they sit in the intensive care unit, waiting for their father to die, they struggle to connect with each other, their emotions and their past. This novel explores the things that bring families together and drive them apart. 32