Friday, March 18, 2016

Book Review: The Children's Crusade

After reading Ann Packer's third novel, I admitted to my boyfriend that I definitely have a type . . . when it comes to books. The major drama in The Children's Crusade revolves around four adult children deciding whether it's time to sell their childhood home. Each sibling tells their own story in first-person narratives and these chapters are interwoven with omniscient narratives that describe their earrlier lives.

I love books like this - explorations if dysfunctional families - and this is one of the best ones I've read in awhile. Each character is such a fascinating individual and while their adult voices are distinct from each other, they're also completely recognizable in their portrayal as children.

As a writer, this is the kind of book that inspires me. I have read Packer's other novels and this is my favorite.

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