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A Book We Love: The Red House

Bonnie, Lakewood Library

The Red House by Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon, world-famous author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, crafts a new novel about two families who join together for a week-long holiday in a Wales country house. Brother Richard and sister Angela are estranged, with issues about the care they each gave in the last years of their recently deceased mother’s life. The siblings each have spouses and children, distinct personalities who come on vacation with agendas and personal troubles of their own. Haddon narrates the novel from all eight characters' perspectives and skillfully embodies them all, from the adolescent and insecure girls to 8-year-old Benjy who is confused about the fluctuations of emotions in the adult world. Isolated in the countryside, the characters have time to ponder and experience the truths about themselves and their family in this lyrically-worded and memorable novel.