SONS AND DAUGHTERS by Stephen Longstreet


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Concluding volume in the ""Fiore trilogy"" that ticktocks the generational progress of an Italian California banking family, progenitored by George Fiore, who immigrated in 1851 (All or Nothing, 1983), and swept through the 1920's by his children (Our Father's House, 1985). Here, the Fiores meet WW II. Patriarch widower Gregory Fiore now heads the family firm of Pacific Harvesters. He's married erstwhile secretary Stella, and the pair have adopted a child, Bob. But Gregory is worried about son Georgie, who prefers archeology to banking, and indulges sexy daughter Maude. Predictably, Georgie returns to cross through the door he was told never to darken again, and Maude becomes a media star, marries well, and produces twins. The big brouhaha here involves Gregory's cousin Buckley, son of the late naughty Uncle Fred, and a waif with an operatic voice in Paris who calls herself Anita la Fiore, and who claims to be the offspring of Fred and his longtime lover Inez. It's wartime and Buckley is doing in the Nazis, but he'll track down Anita, who will 'fess up, marry Buckley, become an opera super-star, and go bonkers. At the close, there's a takeover in the wind, and the old order changeth. A dreamland drowser, vacuous and predictable.

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1987
Publisher: Putnam