Family Pictures: A Novel (Paperback)

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How do you remember your childhood and the family you grew up in? How do your childhood experiences influence the adult you become? This is the raw, painful, yet brave story of the Eberhardt’s, a family of 8 growing up in the late 40’s. The family dynamics are impacted by Randall, the 3rd child of 6, who is severely autistic. The family constantly lies in wait for the “tic-toc” of Randall’s impulsive behavior, not knowing when he will become disruptive or violent. As you follow the Eberhardt’s from childhood to adulthood, it becomes evident that the versions of family stories, polished and embellished, change with time. I found myself reflecting on the snapshots of my own life as I read this powerful story. It’s worth the read!
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— From Nebulous November Staff Picks


“Profoundly honest, shapely, ambitious, engrossing.”—New York Times Book Review

From bestselling author Sue Miller comes a masterful, engrossing novel about the life of a large family that is deeply bonded by the stranger in their midst—an autistic child.

The whole world could not have broken the spirit and strength of the Eberhardt family of 1948. Lainey is a wonderful if slightly eccentric mother. David is a good father, sometimes sarcastic, always cool-tempered. Two wonderful children round out the perfect picture. Then the third child arrives—and life is never the same again. Over the next forty years, the Eberhardt family struggles to live with a flood tide of upheaval and heartbreak, love and betrayal, passion and pain...hoping they can someday heal their hearts. 

Family Pictures is an unforgettable, insightful, and resounding novel of strength and resiliency against overwhelming circumstances.

About the Author

Sue Miller is the bestselling author of While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, Inventing the Abbotts, and The Good Mother. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Praise For…

“Dazzling and disturbing.”   

“Miller does an extraordinary job of representing the terrible (or wonderful), thick intimacy of family life.” 
San Francisco Chronicle

“Absolutely flawless. It captures perfectly the sass and grit of family life. Harrowing and funny and haunting.”   
Chicago Tribune
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062973528
ISBN-10: 0062973525
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020
Pages: 464
Language: English