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...
"LOVED this book. I could relate to characters, rooted for them, cried with them... Like Dickens meets Royal Tenenbaums. "
Pollocksville , NC
"I really enjoyed this book. A lot of characters and stories intertwined. A little weird at the end. Enjoyable. "
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!"
"A beautifully presented expression of the complicated relationships found in all families. The characters are meaningful in the context of our lives. "
"I would definitely read another David Gilbert book."
"& 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"
"What a messed up family...but entertaining read."
"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!"
Des Moines, IA
"Just ok. "