The sudden death of Claire’s father causes her to reevaluate
- her relationship with him — which was never good
- her own career
- her relationship with her young adult daughter
- whether or not DNA factors into artistic talent
These themes will resonate with most women. Who hasn’t compared their relationship to a parent with a sibling? Who hasn’t coveted a talent that another family member possesses? Who hasn’t wondered whether or not you’re using your own talents in the best way? Who hasn’t wished for a second-chance to let a loved-one know how you felt? There are questions in the back of the book designed to stimulate further discussion. It would be great to read it with a friend or a book group.
I read The Only True Genius in the Family by Jennie Nash within 24 hours. It’s not a suspenseful novel, but as I finished each chapter, I itched to turn the page and begin the next one immediately. This is always a prime indicator that I am really enjoying a book, but I did wonder if speeding through a novel lessens the joy that comes from savoring the story and the characters. However, both the themes in this novel and the characters themselves have stuck with me, so I don’t think that I robbed myself of anything in this particular case.
I enjoyed it and it touched me — by making me laugh as well as dwelling on the characters and the issues raised — which leaves no doubt in my mind that it’s a book I’ll be recommending throughout the year.
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