Offspring

Jonathan Strong, Author Zoland Books $14.95 (225p) ISBN 978-0-944072-55-4
Lincoln and Isabella (Izzy) are former 1960s activists now living in the suburbs with their three sons, Obadiah, Malachi and Zephaniah. The couple raises the children as if they're in a simpler, idealized era, and, while the boys attend the local school, they don't socialize with their peers, choosing instead to spend most of their time with their dog, digging a tunnel beneath the house. The tunnel project is encouraged by Lincoln and Izzy, who like the boys' interest in at-home activity-at least until one of the teachers begins hinting that the boys have been involved in vandalizing school property. Soon, events force Lincoln to confront the tunnel, his children and his own family past. Strong, a professor at Tufts University, has created a strange assortment of characters that are intriguing, if not really sympathetic or well developed (it's hard to say why, for example, Lincoln and Izzy are so intent on keeping their family separated from the real world). However, the descriptive details of the boys' imagination and adventures keep a reader's attention in this unsettling family drama. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1995
Release date: 05/01/1995
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