Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Socially Capital Laugh

Various Pets Alive & Dead by Marina Lewycka

Their twenty years of commune life didn't turn out as reaffirming as Marcus and Doro had hoped it would be, so maybe it is time to conform and get married. This isn't news their children ever expected to get, but neither Clara nor Serge are into their parent's radical lifestyle anymore. Clara is a teacher who is still idealistic, but quickly got used to the creature comforts living above the poverty line affords. Serge, on the other hand, is making lots of money applying his genius in math to the world of banking, but paranoid his parents will find out he's stopped working on his PhD. To top it off, Oolie-Anna's social worker wants to move her into a sheltered housing project for Down syndrome adults. Nothing is staying the same, but maybe that's not such a bad thing after all.

"Various Pets Alive & Dead" by Marina Lewycka is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes (iBook or audiobook), the Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), as well as new or used from Alibris and Better World Books.
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