By Lisa Jewell
Brothers Tony, Sean, and Ned had definitely the right upbringing, yet now that they're grown up, actual existence is beginning to get within the method. Tony’s facing divorce and a weight problem. Novelist Sean is up opposed to a major case of writer’s block and a surprise declaration from his “perfect” new female friend. Their mom and dad have a brand new lodger, Gervase—why is Bernie, their mom, so willing to offer this unsavory waif a home? and what's the genuine reason behind child brother Ned’s shock go back from his travels in Australia?
A good friend of the Family is a hilarious, dead-on-target tale from the bestselling writer of Thirtynothing and Ralph’s Party.
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My father followed me. ” My father closed the door. ” I heard him get down the razor strop. My right leg still ached. It didn’t help, having felt the strop many times before. The whole world was out there indifferent to it all, but that didn’t help. Millions of people were out there, dogs and cats and gophers, buildings, streets, but it didn’t matter. There was only father and the razor strop and the bathroom and me. He used that strop to sharpen his razor, and early in the mornings I used to hate him with his face white with lather, standing before the mirror shaving himself.
The knowledge that I didn’t have the courage to do what was necessary made me feel terrible. I began to feel physically sick. I was weak. I didn’t want it to happen yet I couldn’t think of any way to stop it. “Chuck,” I said, “let the cat go, please. ” Chuck didn’t answer. He just kept watching. Then he said, “Barney, go get him! ” Barney moved forward and suddenly the cat leaped. It was a furious blur of white and hissing, claws and teeth. Barney backed off and the cat retreated to the wall again.
They were always around accusing me. Now where were they? I thought of rushing in, grabbing the cat and running, but I didn’t have the nerve. I was afraid that the bulldog would attack me. The knowledge that I didn’t have the courage to do what was necessary made me feel terrible. I began to feel physically sick. I was weak. I didn’t want it to happen yet I couldn’t think of any way to stop it. “Chuck,” I said, “let the cat go, please. ” Chuck didn’t answer. He just kept watching. Then he said, “Barney, go get him!
A Friend of the Family by Lisa Jewell