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The Jarretts are the perfect family leading a perfect life in a perfect world. But perfection comes to an end when older son Buck dies in a boating accident and surviving son Conrad attempts suicide. The mask of perfection cracks, and those who hide behind it find themselves emotionally unable to rebuild their lives. Judith Guest gets under the skin of her characters so well that through them we move through this moving story with unexpectedly complex emotional underpinnings. A beautifully written novel about the difference between the American dream and American reality.
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