Tina Jordan
March 08, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Family Romance

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
John Lanchester
publisher
Putnam
genre
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it a C

When his mother dies, British novelist John Lanchester, who had grown up ”with the sense that there was another, fuller, darker narrative lurking behind the various shorter stories she told so well,” sets out to investigate her life in Family Romance. He finds that she was a nun not once, but twice, spending 15 years in religious orders before marrying his father, and that — shockingly — she once shaved nine years off her life by using her sister’s Irish birth certificate. It’s clear the sleuthing was something Lanchester felt compelled to do, and his children will probably read the book with interest someday. Non-relatives, however, have very little reason to slog through this kind of tedious biography. C

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