Family Pictures: A Novel by Sue MillerFamily Pictures: A Novel by Sue Miller

Family Pictures: A Novel

bySue Miller

Paperback | January 31, 1999

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A Masterful, Engrossing Novel About The Life Of A Large Family That Is Deeply Bounded By The Stranger In Their Midst -- An Autistic Child

The whole world could not have broken the spirit and strength of the Eberhardt family of 1948. Lainey is a wonderful if slightly eccentric mother. David is a good father, sometimes sarcastic, always cool-tempered. Two wonderful children round out the perfect picture. Then the next child arrives -- and life is never the same again. Over the next forty years, the Eberhardt family struggles to survive a flood tide of upheaval and heartbreak, love and betrayal, passion and pain...hoping they can someday heal their hearts.

Sue Miller is the bestselling author of While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, Inventing the Abbotts, and The Good Mother. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Title:Family Pictures: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:January 31, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060929987

ISBN - 13:9780060929985


Rated 4 out of 5 by from semi-dysfunctional but loving family set in the 60's- and 70's. The father is a psychologist and the mother stays home with her three beautiful children. Until they discover that something is wrong with their youngest. He is autistic (though I think it was more than that), and it sends the family into a tailspin. Dad is angry and retreats into his work. He puts the blame of autism squarely on the mother. Mom is destroyed since the diagnostics. As a result, she conspires to bring three more children into the family, trying to make up for the problems of their son. I really, really enjoyed this book. I like how this book is very a character-driven novel rather than a plot-driven novel. It's a family drama, and it plays out the childhood, teenage years, and young adulthood of the children in the family. From what high school was like, to what happened to young men who dropped out of college to go to Vietnam. It examines what our place in the family does to us as part of our development. Are we expected to be the golden child? Were we overlooked as a middle child? It delves into our own expectations of our siblings and parents, and how we can change people with our own perceptions. This book is a little dry in places, but I still found it very hard to put down.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Recommend The Eberhardt's are the picture perfect family - dad is a doctor, mum stays home to look after two lovely children - a girl and a boy. Then, Randall is born and Randall has a serious disability. Sue Miller traces the lives of this family and looks at it from the perspectives of each of its members over the course of four decades - joy and heartbreak, pain and pleasure, love and rejection - Miller details how this 'situation' affects the family as individuals and in the family dynamic. This author never disappoints and I would definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2015-11-21

From Our Editors

The discovery that their third child, Randall, is afflicted with autism brings into being emotional upheaval, stresses, and strains that will profoundly impact the marriage of David and Lainey Eberhardt. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Editorial Reviews

"Profoundly honest, shapely, ambitious, engrossing." -- "New York Times Book Review""Absolutely flawless. It captures perfectly the sass and grit of family life. Harrowing and funny and haunting." -- "Chicago Tribune""Miller does an extraordinary job of representing the terrible (or wonderful), thick intimacy of family life." -- "San Francisco Chronicle""Dazzling and disturbing." -- "People"