When first met, Bonnie Claibourne, whose youthful maturity Mrs. Exeter would have a hard time beating, is nesting graciously...

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THE SOUNDS OF HOME

When first met, Bonnie Claibourne, whose youthful maturity Mrs. Exeter would have a hard time beating, is nesting graciously over her three children and assorted grandchildren by their previous and current marriages. Her husband Harrison is able to hand out a few shares of (general Motors whenever there's a difficult situation, and they have a couple in residence, a perfect couple. But before long, with jolting regularity, it becomes apparent how far the apples have fallen from this family tree: son Michael is a ""fag,"" we quote, and living with another young man; son Stephen is married to the exotic Alexis, ten years older and incestuously in love with her brother Valentine (leaving Stephen to divert his affections to her young daughter Brenda); while Annie, their girl, who is married to Simon, a much older banker, has problems with his residuals -- namely Randy, who is institutionalized and unwisely released on a new drug to make a highly unpleasant and nearly fatal cross-country trip. Miss Chase obviously does not expect you to take this seriously; but on the other hand, since it's supposed to be funny, certainly many of the situations are more than socially uncomfortable; and only her hairdresser knows how hard she is trying to remain young and modern down to the dernier mot of the book, ""fantasterric.

Pub Date: July 9, 1971

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1971