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Family album
Penelope Lively
Adult Fiction LIVELY

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Avatar for Minnetonka Library Staff Minnetonka Library Staff said:
This book relates the memories of six children, their parents, and their au pair during the years the children were growing up. The differences as well as the similarities are remarkable as are the characters, the dialogue, and the humor.
posted Mar 7, 2010 at 4:35PM
Avatar for EmilyEm EmilyEm said:
Gina, second eldest daughter in family of six siblings, narrates the story of life at Allersmead with parents Alison and Charles along with au pair Ingrid. The story is one of memory as each family member in turn relates their take on family events and their own coping being part of Alison’s large brood. If you’ve ever had a sibling say, ‘That’s not what happened. It was like this,’ then Family Album is for you. While I agree with reviewers who say this is not among Lively’s best, it’s still very good for its tale-telling of a time recently past for many of us just reaching retirement age. And, with Lively’s brilliant satire you’ll certainly be entertained for a little while.
posted Oct 22, 2010 at 8:37AM
LDP said:
Well , I'm getting to know PL's writing style - she's far more than an accomplished writer . This was not my favorite family , however .
posted Apr 16, 2012 at 3:02PM
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main characters Allison Harper
Female
Married
Has six children; worked hard to create a real old fashioned family life; persuaded her husband to buy an Edwardian home; has emotional outbursts.
Homemaker

Charles Harper
Male
Married
Allison's husband; writes historical tomes in his study; doesn't remember what ages his children are; distant.
Historian

Ingrid
Female
Scandinavian
Allison's au pair.
Nanny

Paul Harper
Male
Oldest of six kids; mother's favorite.

Clare Harper
Female
Youngest of six children; her parentage involves a family secret concerning Ingrid.

Gina Harper
Female
Age: 39
Second-oldest; planned her life far away from her family.
Journalist



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