A Friend of the Family

By Lauren Grodstein; Rick Adamson (Read by)
(Highbridge Company, Compact Disc, 9781598879438)

Publication Date: November 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the November 2009 Indie Next List
“The story of Pete Dizinoff, a successful suburban doctor, and his son, Alec, whom Pete dotes on, takes a decidedly Shakespearean turn in a story about the lengths to which a father will go to protect his child. This brilliant literary thriller will leave readers emotionally rent, as the protagonist's life collapses while he reaches out for what matters most to him.”
-- Mary Cotton, Newtonville Books, Newton, MA


Description
Pete Dizinoff has spent years working toward a life that would be, by all measures, deemed successful. A skilled internist, he s built a thriving practice in suburban New Jersey. He has a devoted wife, a network of close friends, and an impressive house, and most important, he has a son, Alec, on whom he s pinned all his hopes. Pete has afforded Alec every opportunity, bailed him out of close calls with the law, and even ensured his acceptance into a good college.
But Pete never counted on the wild card: Laura, his best friend s daughter ten years older than Alec, irresistibly beautiful, with a past so shocking that it s never spoken of. When Laura sets her sights on Alec, Pete sees his plans for his son not just unraveling but being destroyed completely. Believing he has only the best of intentions, he sets out to derail this romance and rescue his son. He could never have foreseen how his whole world would shatter in the process.
Lauren Grodstein delivers a riveting story in the tradition of "The Ice Storm," "American Beauty," and "Little Children," charting a father s fall from grace as he struggles to save his family, his reputation, and himself."



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  1. Discuss whether you think Pete Dizinoff is a reliable narrator—that is, whether you believe his account of the events in the story from beginning to end. Much of the novel is composed of Pete’s memories, but how do we know whether we can trust what he says? Are there such things as reliable memories? 

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