Ann Beattie is famous for her light touch and fluid style, neither of which are in evidence in her latest, The Doctor’s House, a dysfunction-by-numbers novel in three voices. It is told by the family of an unbelievably mean M.D. – his daughter, Nina, a withdrawn widow; her older brother, Andrew, a skirt-chaser seeking out old girlfriends; and their alcoholic mother. To make this Rashomon device work, Beattie builds the book on coincidences and far-fetched friendships; half of Andrew’s lovers, for instance, divulge secrets to his sister. The narrators write in unironic self-help-ese, and the narration itself is bracketed by mini-fables, apparently ”written” by Nina, that lend a mythic air: ”The remedy for hurt fairy wings is as follows. Wet them with tears and roll in sunbeams.” Awww.
The Doctor's House Ann Beattie is famous for her light touch and fluid style, neither of which are in evidence in her latest, The Doctor's House, a dysfunction-by...The Doctor's HouseFictionAnn Beattie Ann Beattie is famous for her light touch and fluid style, neither of which are in evidence in her latest, The Doctor's House, a dysfunction-by...2002-03-01
Genre: Fiction; Author: Ann Beattie
Posted March 1 2002 — 12:00 AM EST
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