I'm a huge fan of Marge Piercy's work, but this book failed to engage on many levels. The characters are stale, stereotypical and cartoonish. The handling of race issues is clumsy. And the story, which is not terribly interesting, ultimately relies on an ending so improbable that it is hard to believe Ms. Piercy wrote it.
This novel paints a good picture of a politican's uptight and emotionally crippled family and of the politician's lack of principles and values for the sake of expediency. The third daughter has always felt to be an outcast and when she goes to college and meets the adopted son of criminal lawyers who have faced off against her father, she comes to life. The novel poses the question of the nature of their relationship - is he using her to seek revenge for his father's death?
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