Book reviews from The Free Lance-Star.
This family needs a father
By Dan Dervin
For The Free Lance–Star
“GONE” is a compelling account of love and family, of breaking away and reconciliation.
Eve and Eric Adams just about have it all, and a good deal more going for them than most of us. Eric has gained early recognition as a gifted sculptor; Eve, while being the primary caregiver of their two kids, has parlayed a career as a private nutritionist into a lucrative book deal.
But Eric seems adrift. After a dinner out to celebrate Eve’s success, Eric drives their young adult baby sitter home and doesn’t return. He impulsively invites her to drive with him back to Arizona, where each has family.
But what does Eric want? He doesn’t know. He drops the girl off and moves back in with his freewheeling mother. Eve is distraught. Their teenage daughter is playing the rebellion card in spades. Their son is spending all his waking hours fixated on violent video games.
Eve is speeding around to ward off eating crises among her clients while losing her grip on the kids. She desperately needs somebody, and sisterhood carries her only so far. What she truly needs is a man, specifically a mate and full-time father.
Will Eric get a grip? Can Eve forgive? Is this where we are now, waiting for the return of the paterfamilias? Yes? No? Cathi Hannauer makes her case well.
Dan Dervin is a freelance writer in Fredericksburg
By Cathi Hanauer
(Atria, $24.99, 368 pp.)
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