The Condition

The Condition

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Unaware of the long-standing grievances harbored by their divorced parents, three adult siblings embark on a tumultuous summer when the oldest, a successful Manhattan doctor, investigates his sister's chromosomal disorder against his mother's wishes.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2008
ISBN: 9780060755799
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Condition


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Jul 26, 2019

She is one of my very favorite modern authors. This did not disappoint. It's simple - just the life stories of the members of one family over the years, but Haigh writes so well and draws you in so deeply. I did not want to close this book and leave the McKotch family.

Jan 08, 2013

I enjoyed this novel, although not as much as Jennifer Haigh's other books. You take journeys through all the family member's lives, weaving in and out of each character's life chapter by chapter. At the end there is some sense of completeness, as the character's stories intertwine.

Oct 01, 2012

Wow, does the description of this book ever get it wrong: it covers way more than one summer, the eldest child does NOT investigate his sister's chromosomal disorder, and the mother is a control freak who above all else wants to manage her daughter's life (and everyone else's, as far as she can manage). This is a big work, covering a huge time period, and the author does a marvellous job of making it all seem immediate and real. As one reviewer on the back cover puts it, "The ailment at the centre of this remarkable novel is the human condition itself." The Condition is a great read from start to finish, thoroughly enjoyable. It is NOT about what the description here says! Instead, it first shows the McKotch family during the summer in which the father realizes there is something amiss with his daughter. The action then jumps ahead 20 years - but the reader is filled in, when and as it's appropriate, on those missing years, and how things have played out for the parents and the three children. This is a character-driven story, and Jennifer Haigh has created wonderfully complex characters for it. She is a master of nuance and detail and she has a rich story to tell. Definitely recommend.

Jun 23, 2012

Great read, not a literary masterpiece but great characters and storyline that engages you. Perfect for a summer read.

Jun 05, 2012

It starts slowly but by the end one is caught up in each of the characters and is worth the read.

Nov 19, 2008

A very enjoyable book with characters that we can all relate to within our family. It is an examination of how we are perceived by our families, our attempts to fulfill those perceptions and the often tragic outcomes for not being who you are.


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