The Arrivals: A Novel
It's early summer when Ginny and William's peaceful life in Vermont comes to an abrupt halt.
First, their daughter Lillian arrives, with her two children in tow, to escape her crumbling marriage. Next, their son Stephen and his pregnant wife Jane show up for a weekend visit, which extends indefinitely when Jane ends up on bed rest. When their youngest daughter Rachel appears, fleeing her difficult life in New York, Ginny and William find themselves consumed again by the chaos of parenthood - only this time around, their children are facing adult problems.
By summer's end, the family gains new ideas of loyalty and responsibility, exposing the challenges of surviving the modern family - and the old adage, once a parent, always a parent, has never rung so true.
Reading Group Guide
Mandie's Thoughts - I can't believe this was a debut novel. Beautiful characterizations but if you are looking for happy go lucky you aren't going to find it. The book is real life and honest. You get an inside glimpse at the struggles with a multi-generational family. Perfect for a book club because there is really so much you can talk about. I agree with Once a parent always a parent.