Grown Ups

Doubleday Canada. Jun. 2020. 656p. ISBN 9780385695886. $24. F
International best-selling author Keyes (Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married) returns with an intricate and evocative story delving into the lives of the many Casey family members. Johnny Casey and his wealthy entrepreneur/family organizer wife Jessie keep all the members of the family connected with regular gatherings. The three brothers—Johnny, Ed, and Liam—and their wives and children mostly get along and lead fairly privileged lives touched with glamour, thanks to Jessie’s generosity. Everyone has something worth hiding, though, bubbling beneath the goodwill. At one fateful get-together, brother Ed’s wife, Cara, starts spilling far too much truth after suffering a concussion, and the entire family is in for a much-needed unraveling.
VERDICT Focusing in depth on different members of the Casey family, Keyes’s writing is nuanced and delicate. She maintains humor while handling tough topics. Readers will feel part of the family and at home with the Caseys. Thoroughly absorbing and hard to let go, this novel is Keyes at her best..

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