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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe
This book was apparently written years ago by the author as a
semi-fictional account of the author’s childhood, and if that is the
case, it describes a resilient if slightly dysfunctional family. She
and her sister set about trying to right their mother’s ship after their
father leaves her for another man. Worse yet, he moves them to a small
English town with almost nothing going on. On the up side, it gives
the daughters a lot of time to think about the next step for their
mother. On the down side, they decide that she needs a man, and
unfortunately, there are very few candidates in their new location. The
book then goes on to chronicle what happens next, which includes a few
affairs, the overuse of pills and alcohol, and a manipulative married
man who magnifies the financial troubles they all find themselves in
after their father’s company goes belly up. It is not the destination
but the journey that is so entertaining. This light hearted handling of
weighty subjects is well worth reading.
Mother of four boys.
Co-owner of three dogs.
No cats, no fish, no birds.
I watch movies.
I quilt and I embroider.
I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a neighbor, and a friend.