HarperCollinsPublishers
Stephan Lee
June 22, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

We Only Know So Much

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Elizabeth Crane
publisher
HarperCollins
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

The Copelands would feel right at home in a Noah Baumbach movie. The entire family in We Only Know So Much is messed up, but each family member is messed up in his or her own way: There’s Jean, the people-pleasing mother who’s having an affair; her husband, Gordon, an insufferable know-it-all who’s losing his memory; Priscilla, a text-a-minute brat who dreams of becoming a reality TV star; and Otis, an offbeat loner longing for love. Our narrator is an omniscient ”We” who reports the goings-on of the family with the breathless glee of an incurable gossip. If only we cared about the Copelands a fraction as much. B

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