The Condition: A Novel

Paperback | June 30, 2009

byJennifer Haigh

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In the summer of 1976, during their annual retreat on Cape Cod, the McKotch family came apart. Now, twenty years after daughter Gwen was diagnosed with Turner's syndrome—a rare genetic condition that keeps her trapped forever in the body of a child—eminent scientist Frank McKotch is divorced from his pedigreed wife, Paulette. Eldest son Billy, a successful cardiologist, lives a life built on secrets and compromise. His brother Scott awakened from a pot-addled adolescence to a soul-killing job and a regrettable marriage. And Gwen—bright and accomplished but hermetic and emotionally aloof—spurns all social interaction until, well into her thirties, she falls in love for the first time. With compassion and almost painful astuteness, The Condition explores the power of family mythologies—the self-delusions, denials, and inescapable truths that forever bind fathers and mothers and siblings.

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In the summer of 1976, during their annual retreat on Cape Cod, the McKotch family came apart. Now, twenty years after daughter Gwen was diagnosed with Turner's syndrome—a rare genetic condition that keeps her trapped forever in the body of a child—eminent scientist Frank McKotch is divorced from his pedigreed wife, Paulette. Eldest so...

Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short story collectionNews From Heavenand four critically acclaimed novels:Faith, The Condition, Baker TowersandMrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer. Her short fiction has been published widely, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:June 30, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060755792

ISBN - 13:9780060755799

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Enjoyed the family dynamics. So true how families can be so disfunctional.
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bo-ring! I couldn't get through this novel. I found myself dreading reading it, rather than being excited to find out what happens next. 100 pages in, and it BARELY talks about Gwen's condition, or even Gwen herself. Mostly it talks about Gwen's mother, and how her daughter's Turner's Syndrome affects her own life. I don't recommend this, unless you want something to put you to sleep.. which is really too bad, because the subject had a lot of potential to be great.
Date published: 2011-04-23

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“Filled with genuine insight and touching lyricism.”