The Condition
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The Condition

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In the summer of 1976, during their annual retreat on Cape Cod, the McKotch family came apart. Now, twenty years after daughter Gwen was diagnosed with Turner's syndrome--a rare genetic condition that keeps her trapped forever in the body of a child--eminent scientist Frank McKotch is divorced from his pedigreed wife, Paulette. Eldest son Billy, a successful cardiologist, lives a life built on secrets and compromise. His brother Scott awakened from a pot-addled adolescence to a soul-killing job and a regrettable marriage. And Gwen--bright and accomplished but hermetic and emotionally aloof--spurns all social interaction until, well into her thirties, she falls in love for the first time. With compassion and almost painful astuteness, The Condition explores the power of family mythologies--the self-delusions, denials, and inescapable truths that forever bind fathers and mothers and siblings.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 390 pages
  • 137 x 201 x 25mm | 299g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060755792
  • 9780060755799
  • 1,032,673

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"[Haigh] looks unflinchingly at family ties-the kind that limit and the kind that can actually liberate. The Condition is a satisfying feat of literary choreography." Wall Street Journal
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Haigh s characters are layered and authentic. Moreover, one would have to have a heart of stone not to care for them and follow their small sagas. . . . Haigh is such a gifted chronicler of the human condition. --Chris Bohjalian, Washington Post Book World"
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8,528 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (3,249)
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2 9% (790)
1 3% (225)
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