Most parents will do anything to guarantee their child's happiness, but most don't think about what kind of return on investment they feel they deserve. Should your child go to college? Get married? Give you grandchildren? In A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein, Pete Dizinoff is starting to get frustrated. He and his wife have indulged their son Alec and his every whim his entire life and all Pete asks of Alec is to finish art school. Pete's frustration grows as Alec becomes involved with the wayward daughter of close family friends. Pete's reactions and actions to this lead him to reflect on his life and how he got to where he is today. The story is told in a series of flashbacks as well as real time events.
At first I was dying to get answers to the questions - what terrible thing did the daughter do? What happened to Pete's medical practice? But the author does a superb job of balancing suspense with information; a fantastic read.
Meredith @ Central