By Lisa Jewell

ISBN-10: 0452285488

ISBN-13: 9780452285484

Brothers Tony, Sean, and Ned had the correct upbringing, yet now that they're grown up, genuine existence is commencing to get within the manner. 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 prepared to provide this unsavory waif a home?  and what's the true explanation for child brother Ned’s shock go back from his travels in Australia?

A pal of the Family is a hilarious, dead-on-target tale from the bestselling writer of Thirtynothing and Ralph’s Party.

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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. Then the first blow of the strop hit me. The sound of the strop was flat and loud, the sound itself was almost as bad as the pain. The strop landed again. It was as if my father was a machine, swinging that strop. There was the feeling of being in a tomb. The strop landed again and I thought, that is surely the last one.

Listen,” I said, “we’ve got to get out of here! ” Red asked. ” We got out of the pool, showered. Red put his arm back on and we dressed. ” he asked. ” It was a month or so later that Red’s family moved. One day they were gone. Just like that. Red never said anything in advance to me. He was gone, the football was gone, and those tiny red fingers with fingernails, they were gone. He was a good guy. 16 I didn’t know exactly why but Chuck, Eddie, Gene and Frank let me join them in some of their games.

I put my mouth under the spigot and opened it. A smelly liquid trickled out and into my mouth. I spit it out. “Don’t be chicken! ” I opened the spigot and I opened my mouth. The smelly liquid entered and I swallowed it. I turned off the spigot and stood there. I thought I was going to puke. “Now, you drink some,” I said to Baldy. ” He got down under a barrel and took a good swallow. A little punk like that wasn’t going to outdo me. I got under another barrel, opened it and took a swallow. I stood up.

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