Books by Peter J. Smith

A GOOD FAMILY by Peter J. Smith
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Despite some flat patches, then, a dead-on portrait of family unhappiness."
A somewhat stiff but nonetheless poignant meditation on a hard-drinking WASP family's unrealized promise and collective denial, by the author of Make-Believe Ballrooms (1989) and Highlights of the Off-Season, 1986. ``Jam'' Knowles, almost 40 and recently separated from his wife, breaks into the island home, off the southeastern coast of New England, where he summered as a boy to spend a few days with his memories. Read full book review >

Here, Smith (Highlights of the Off-Season, 1986) tries to do for the Andrews' children—Hal (the narrator), sister Fishie, and brother Beck—what Salinger did with his Glass family: make them intriguing, eccentric, and lovable. Read full book review >