Kate Ward
September 12, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Blue Genes

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Christopher Lukas
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

Christopher Lukas’ mother killed herself when he was 6. His brother, journalist J. Anthony Lukas, committed suicide 56 years later — but only after the author’s grandmother, aunt, and uncle took their lives as well.

For Fans of…
William Styron’s Darkness Visible.

Bottom Line
Don’t miss the 80-year-old letters from Lukas’ mother, in Blue Genes, which reveal a woman suffering from depression in an unforgiving era. B+

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