Other Pr. Sept. 2019. 300p. ISBN 9781590519219. pap. $16.99ebk. ISBN 9781590519226. F
After the unexpected death of her young husband, American Annie Devereaux flies away to England, hoping to find an escape that fulfills her romantic dreams of the country. She entangles herself with new friend Julian and his family, for which the word dysfunction is an understatement. Through Julian and his sisters, Annie meets their imperious mother, famous geneticist Helena Digby, constantly scheming and manipulating her children so they achieve the perfection she demands from their genetic inheritance. Of course, no one meets her expectations, and tragedy ensues.
VERDICT A wordsmith of the highest order, Toynton (Jackson Pollock) weaves a deeply cinematic story. Book discussion groups will revel in this family’s saga

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