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A Good Family

(2015)
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A dramatic, ambitious first novel of a Midwestern family's self-destruction and repair.

Meet the Brunsons of Downers Grove, Illinois: Henry, the once-magical father, whose fear of aging and endangered career lead him to the nightclubs of Chicago's Viagra Triangle; his wife, Julie, who struggles to reclaim her life with a bottle of Zoloft and dreams of her youthful independence; Charlie, the golden-boy son who leaves the lucrative job his father arranged to serve in Afghanistan - and returns angry, damaged, and uncertain of his place in the world; and Barkley, the bumbling youngest, an aspiring writer of geeky science fiction stories who is interviewing for his first job at a forbidding Catholic high school.

When Henry's health abruptly declines, he tries to return to the home and the life he had dominated. But his family - once totally dependent on his love, physical strength, and income - no longer needs him. As Julie, Charlie, and Barkley begin to find their ways forward, Henry tries desperately to bring them back together. In the end each one will arrive at a new understanding of what family can - and cannot - be.

Unusually assured and perceptive, combining narrative drive with humor, insight, and powerful family dynamics, A Good Family is a memorable debut.

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Hardback Editions

August 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Good Family: A Novel
Author(s): Erik Fassnacht
ISBN: 1-250-05928-3 / 978-1-250-05928-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Good Family: A Novel
Author(s): Erik Fassnacht
ISBN: 1-250-09177-2 / 978-1-250-09177-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: A Good Family
Author(s): Erik Fassnacht
ISBN: 1-5046-3949-9 / 978-1-5046-3949-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: A Good Family
Author(s): Erik Fassnacht
ISBN: 1-5046-3951-0 / 978-1-5046-3951-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: A Good Family
Author(s): Erik Fassnacht
ISBN: 1-5046-3950-2 / 978-1-5046-3950-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: A Good Family
Author(s): Erik Fassnacht
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

August 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Good Family: A Novel
Author(s): Erik Fassnacht
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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