Literary Fiction

& Sons

by David Gilbert

Quick take

A prism through which Gilbert examines, well, everything: fathers & sons, husbands & wives, success & failure, aging & youth. It's bookended by death but there's a whole lot of life.

Why I love it

I bought & Sons by David Gilbert not long after it came out and it sat on my nightstand for about two years, taunting me. I somehow got it in my head that the book was long and forbidding (it was physically heavy) and I kind of semi-consciously started to view it as homework. I try to read these days for either pleasure or edification, but a mixture of the two is what I really seek. All of whi...

Member thoughts

27% Love
28% Like
36% Dislike
  • Kathryn H.

    Georgetown, MA

    "LOVED this book. I could relate to characters, rooted for them, cried with them... Like Dickens meets Royal Tenenbaums. "

  • Melissa L.

    Pollocksville , NC

    "I really enjoyed this book. A lot of characters and stories intertwined. A little weird at the end. Enjoyable. "

  • Kristin M.

    Long Beach, CA

    "This was the first book with the BOTM club and it was so different from what I usually read. The twist in the middle was a little odd. But worth a read for sure!"

  • Roberta M.

    Northbrook, IL

    "A beautifully presented expression of the complicated relationships found in all families. The characters are meaningful in the context of our lives. "

  • Alex B.

    Bellevue, OH

    "I would definitely read another David Gilbert book."

  • Heidi D.

    Seattle, WA

    "& sons creates a world and peoples it with a New York and literary world I could recognize. It earns a lasting literay staus, replete with dark comedy of mortality and heartbreak of loss & replacement"

  • Mary D.

    Houston, TX

    "What a messed up family...but entertaining read."

  • Kimberly G.

    Charlotte, NC

    "After the first chapter or two, I was fully prepared to hate this book. I was totally wrong. It's a well-written story with a bizarre premise and I loved it!"

  • Mallory W.

    Rockledge, FL


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    Spring, TX


  • Tammy M.

    Des Moines, IA

    "Just ok. "