The Garnett Girls

Avon. May 2023. ISBN 9780063293557. $30. F
DEBUT In her character-driven debut, Moore explores the complexities and complications in familial relationships and how the roles they play with each other can echo throughout. Years ago Margot and Richard fell in love and ran away to be married, against her family’s wishes. They are passionately in love and soon have three daughters, Rachel, Imogen, and Sasha. But the realities of marriage and family take a toll. Richard soon turns to alcohol and then abandons his family. His desertion has lasting impact and reverberates for years—though his name is never mentioned. The dysfunction of their childhood follows the girls into adulthood, and though they each have some success in their professional lives, their emotional lives are a mess, with their partners, with their mother, and with each other. As they all return to their childhood home, Sandcove on the Isle of Wight, family secrets come to light, and they may at last find some healing.
VERDICT Moore immerses her readers in the lives of the Garnett women, and their sometimes painful growth feels well-earned. For readers of Elizabeth Berg and Jane Green.
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