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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 16:05

The sins of the father & Sons'

Novel explores the hidden truths of family and fiction

Tales of fathers and sons have a tendency to be a little overwrought. Family sagas have that built-in sense of melodrama that can sometimes overwhelm otherwise solid storytelling. Finding the line between big feelings and narrative clarity can be hard, but when that balance is struck, the results can be truly remarkable.

'& Sons' (Random House; $27) is one such remarkable result. It is both sweeping and subtle, a grand epic and intimate family portrait all rolled into one. Author David Gilbert offers a look at the consequences of greatness and the toll it can take both on one's family and one's self. 

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