Other Family

By Joanna Trollope
(Black Swan Books, Limited, Paperback, 9780552775434)

Publication Date: December 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2010 Indie Next List
“Richie Rossiter has two families, the family he left behind more than two decades ago and his second family, with three beautiful daughters and the woman he would not marry. They revolved around Richie like planets orbiting a hot sun, never intersecting. He was the star of their firmament, and life spun around him until one day it stopped. Now, because of a strange bequest in his will, the two orbits must cross.”
-- Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR


Description
From the superb storyteller and quintessential women's fiction author Joanna Trollope comes a moving and wonderfully observed new novel about two families who must confront love and loss as an inheritance hangs in the balance.
The trouble with dying is that you're not around anymore to explain what you meant to the people who love you...
Richie Rossiter, a crooner and piano man still popular with his loyal fans, is anyone's idea of a lucky man. In his forties, he abandoned his first wife and son in Newcastle for a young woman who believed she could bring him stardom in the south. Not only does Chrissie rejuvenate his career, she gives him twenty-three years of happy domestic life and three lovely daughters.
But then he dies suddenly, and at his funeral Chrissie and her daughters cross paths with Richie's other family for the very first time. And the uneasy truce that has held over the years between Richie's past and his present loves breaks down into open animosities, fanned by certain bequests he has made and certain secret loyalties he has kept. Grief, loss, jealousy and love rewrite the relationships of both families in ways Richie never could have imagined.

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