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FAMILY SOLD SEPARATELY
KATE LONG
ISBN#: 978-0-345-47967-9
August 2008
Ballantine
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Trade Paperback
$14.00
326 Pages
Contemporary
Rating: 2 Cups

Katherine Millar is a misfit from a dysfunctional family. She lives with her nearly blind grandmother, Poll, who sees her as unpaid help. Her father died when she was a baby and her mother and grandfather ran away soon after.

Elizabeth is Katherine’s mother. She got pregnant before finishing school, and her boyfriend’s family took her in while he went to college. Her life changed forever, but apparently being a father made no difference in his.

Katherine dreams of being thin and popular, but there is little chance of that in her present life. Her clothes are second hand as is much of her life and her grandmother’s best friend is a dirty old man. One day she meets a long lost cousin and finds out a bit too much of her late father’s life. Other missing pieces are also falling into place and things look up when Katherine gets into Oxford. She is determined to go despite her grandmother’s objections.

This is an interesting story really aimed at women in their late teens. The plot is good and interesting in points, but the dialogue is very hard to get through at times. It is very regional and I had no idea what they were talking about a times. Elizabeth’s character appears mostly through her journal. The characters range from odd to eccentric to downright creepy and the Callum character seems a carbon copy of the late Roger. I wondered where Vince ended up and why everyone benefited from his largess but Katherine who seems the big victim in this melodrama.

Maura
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