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Baby of the family : a novel

Author: Maura Roosevelt
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Whitbys: a dynasty akin to the Astors, once enormously wealthy real-estate magnates who were considered "the landlords of New York." There was a time when the death of a Whitby would have made national news, but when the family patriarch, Roger, dies, he is alone. Word of his death travels from the longtime family lawyer to his clan of children (from four separate marriages) and the news isn't good. Roger has
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Domestic fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Roosevelt, Maura.
Baby of the family.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2019]
(DLC) 2018023785
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maura Roosevelt
ISBN: 9781524743178 1524743178
OCLC Number: 1037896148
Description: 450 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Maura Roosevelt.

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The Whitbys: a dynasty akin to the Astors, once enormously wealthy real-estate magnates who were considered "the landlords of New York." There was a time when the death of a Whitby would have made national news, but when the family patriarch, Roger, dies, he is alone. Word of his death travels from the longtime family lawyer to his clan of children (from four separate marriages) and the news isn't good. Roger has left everything to his twenty-one-year-old son Nick, a Whitby only in name, including the houses currently occupied by Shelley and Brooke--two of Roger's daughters from different marriages. And Nick is nowhere to be found. Brooke, the oldest of the children, who is unexpectedly pregnant, leads the search for Nick, hoping to convince him to let her keep her Boston home and her fragile composure. Shelley hasn't told anyone she's dropped out of college just months before graduating, and is living in her childhood apartment while working as an amanuensis for a blind writer named Anandaroop Gupta, with whom she develops a rather complicated relationship. And when Nick, on the run from the law after a misguided and dramatic act of political activism, finally shows up at Shelley's New York home, worlds officially collide as Nick and Mr. Gupta's daughter fall in love. Soon, all three siblings are faced with the question they have been running from their whole lives: What do they want their future to look like, if they can finally escape their past? Weaving together multiple perspectives to create a portrait of an American family, and an American dream gone awry, Baby of the Family is a book about family secrets--how they define us, bind us together, and threaten to blow us (and more) apart--as well as an amusing and heartwarming look at the various ways in which a family can be created.

The Whitbys were once enormously wealthy real-estate magnates, but when the family patriarch, Roger, dies, he is alone despite four marriages. Word of his death travels to his clan of children (each from a different marriage): Roger has left everything to his son Nick, a Whitby only in name, including the houses currently occupied by his daughters Shelley and Brooke. Nick is on the run from the law after a misguided and dramatic act of political activism; Shelley and Brooke are hiding secrets. When Nick shows up, they must ask: What do they want their future to look like, if they can finally escape their past? -- adapted from jacket

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