A man's unexpected death brings his children from five different marriages together for the first, and most likely last, time.
Pittard (The Fates Will Find Their Way, 2011) throws a family (that doesn’t consider itself a family) together and watches them fall apart. The narrator, Kate, and her two close siblings, Nell and Elliot, came from their father’s first marriage. After their mother died, their dad embraced adultery, jumping from one wife to the next, cheating on them and having children with all of them. As a result of their father’s behavior, the three “original siblings,” who weren't in touch with him when he died, believe strongly in being faithful. In spite of that, Kate recently cheated on her husband, Peter, who now wants a child, despite having had a vasectomy earlier in their marriage, and has asked her to consider adoption. She hasn’t told her siblings yet, and she’s also keeping another secret from them: She blew through the money she made early in her career as a screenwriter, and then some, and now lives almost completely off her husband’s generosity while she pays back $48,000 in credit-card debt. She explains, “I was raised thinking we had money, comfort. I was raised thinking that same money and comfort would filter naturally into my own bank account.” Over the course of her father’s funeral, Kate begins to realize how much she has in common with him. Only when interacting with her youngest half sister, Mindy, does she seem to truly care that her self-absorption could hurt others. But, this, in the end, may not be enough of a payoff for the reader.
While well-written, with a clear narrative voice, the novel fails to produce much more than superficial revelations.