Leeway Cottage in a disappointing fashion. Laurus and Sydney Brant Moss have died, and it's up to th"/>
 

Good-bye and Amen

Beth Gutcheon, Author
Beth Gutcheon, Author . Morrow $24.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-06-053907-8
Reviewed on: 06/02/2008
Release date: 08/01/2008
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Gutcheon concludes the Moss family saga that began with Leeway Cottage in a disappointing fashion. Laurus and Sydney Brant Moss have died, and it's up to their three children, Eleanor, Monica and Jimmy, to divide up the estate. Naturally, the process exposes old frictions and creates new ones while sparking reminiscences of their lives, notably concerning their difficult relationships with their prickly mother, who hid venom beneath a veneer of social graciousness. The narration is many-voiced; the siblings, their spouses and children, their friends and neighbors, and even the dead contribute to the storytelling. While the points-of-view of the living are maddeningly self-involved, the dead really seem to understand what's going on. The effect is both tragic and mildly amusing, but gradually, it becomes difficult to feel for the characters. Though the novel is beautifully written, the narrative becomes frustrating and claustrophobic repetitive as it wears on. (Aug.)

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