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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Haigh Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Condition tells the story of the McKotches, a proper New England family that comes apart during one fateful summer. The year is 1976, and the family - Frank McKotch, an eminent scientist; his pedigreed wife, Paulette; and their three beautiful children - has embarked on its annual vacation at the Captain's House, the grand old family retreat on Cape Cod.

One day on the beach, Frank is struck by an image he cannot forget: his 13-year-old daughter, Gwen, strangely infantile in her child-sized bikini, standing a full head shorter than her younger cousin Charlotte. At that moment, he knows a truth that he can never again unknow: something is terribly wrong with his only daughter. The McKotch family will never be the same.

Twenty years after Gwen's diagnosis with Turner's syndrome, a genetic condition that has prevented her from maturing, trapping her forever in the body of a child, all five family members are still dealing with the fallout. Each believes himself crippled by some secret pathology; each feels responsible for the family's demise. Frank and Paulette are acrimoniously divorced. Billy, the eldest son, is dutiful but distant, a handsome Manhattan cardiologist with a life built on compromise. His brother, Scott, awakens from a pot-addled adolescence to a soul-killing job, a regrettable marriage, and a vinyl-sided tract house in the suburbs.

Gwen is silent and emotionally aloof, a bright, accomplished woman who spurns any interaction with those around her. She makes peace with the hermetic life she's constructed until, well into her 30s, she falls in love for the first time. And suddenly, once again, the family's world is tilted on its axis.

Compassionate yet unflinchingly honest, witty and almost painfully astute, The Condition explores the power of family mythologies - the self-delusions, denials, and inescapable truths that forever bind fathers and mothers and siblings. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/16/2014

    " I read an excerpt of this novel in the lit magazine Ploughshares some months ago and was intrigued by the characters. The novel did not disappoint. It's a fast, engaging read told from five points of view -- the members of a dysfunctional New England family. Often when I read books told from multiple points of view like that I tend to get irritated at the jumping around, but in this case I felt equally attached to all five family members. The fact that the story lines continued no matter whose point of view was at the forefront helped. The ending was maybe a little too pat for me, but that's just my taste, not necessarily a flaw in the novel. Good summer book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brandee walker | 2/15/2014

    " slow moving but all in all- a good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather Somers | 2/8/2014

    " Well written, with real, believable characters. I read the audio book, and the reader was amazing with her different character voices. When I began the book, I thought it was just a story about a girl with a "Condition" called Turner's. It turned out to be so much more. I was drawn into every family member, crying for their losses and cheering in their victories. I felt like they were friends of mine and I didn't want it to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ann | 2/7/2014

    " i can't believe i read the whole book. a horribly dysfunctional family, i didn't like a single character. "

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