Every Happy Family
by Dede Crane
Humorous and heartbreaking, wise and demented, Every Happy Family explores the colourful – and sometimes repurposed – fabric of the Wright family. The stories mark turning points in the lives of the individual family members, as well as in their relationships with each other.
Married parents Jill and Les are the warp of the Wright family tapestry - Jill beginning to wonder if she is losing her mother while Les is fighting medical problems of his own, which he initially keeps secret from their children. Each family member's thread unravels from the others, as older son Quinn finds a dangerous way to combat shyness, younger son Beau seeks success and closure at boarding school, and adopted daughter Pema explores her roots.
But past and present weave back together and towards the future, as everyone is called home for a"living wake". Alone and together, the Wrights crash along, unable to give up on themselves or each other...hard as they might try.