Brennan's Point

Daniel Lynch, Author British American Publishing $19.95 (530p) ISBN 978-0-945167-03-7
In this tragedy-laden saga spanning the 20th century, Lynch ( Deathly Pale ) portrays a convincing family of wine makers in New York's Finger Lakes region. Irish immigrant Liam Brennan learns wine production at Christian Weidener's farm and marries his daughter, Helga, who bears a daughter, Helen. When Helga and Weidener die in a steamboat explosion, Liam finds solace in alcohol until Helen's level-headed governess dispels his self-pity, soon becoming his second wife and mother of his son, Kevin. While the winery flourishes under Liam's direction, the Brennans endure heartaches and crises. Marriage and motherhood precipitates Helen's alcoholism, while Kevin sustains serious injuries in World War II before his restless wife deserts him and their children. The clan's third generation faces a hostile takeover of the winery. The universality of this family's problemsalcoholism, martial discord, shattered romances, dissipation, illnessgives the novel a haunting impact, as does the continuity of life in catastrophe's aftermath. Detailed descriptions of wine making add an interesting dimension. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
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