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The Family Tabor by Cherise Wolas

The Family Tabor by Cherise Wolas

     The Family Tabor is an evocative family saga that explores hidden secrets, repressed memories, and ultimately, the power of atonement.

Harry and Rona seemingly have the perfect marriage and are still passionately in love after 44 years. Their three children are a success in each of their respective fields—Phoebe is an entertainment attorney in Los Angeles; Simon is also an attorney and has recently been made partner; and Camille-the most adventurist of the lot—is a social anthropologist whose research takes her to remote places. Rona is a noted child psychologist, and Harry has devoted the last 30 years to resettling Jewish immigrants. The nonprofit he founded in the Palm Springs, California desert—where he and Rona live—has helped countless people build new lives.

When the book opens, the reader meets Harry the night before he is to receive an award—Man of the Decade—for his service to humanity. But there is a foreshadowing of danger at the end of that chapter. “I am a very lucky man,” Harry thinks as he falls asleep. But another voice tempers the thought: “…Luck is a rescindable gift.”

The Family Tabor is told from the points of view of each family member in a manner reminiscent of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Tabor examines the human tendency toward self-delusion in an engaging tale of betrayal and forgiveness.

As Macmillan Publishers writes:

Set over the course of a single weekend, and deftly alternating between the five Tabors, this provocative, gorgeously rendered novel reckons with the nature of the stories we tell ourselves and our family and the price we pay for second chances.

The Family Tabor is realistic fiction that incorporates magical/spiritual qualities. The combination is an evocative character-driven novel that will have you thinking about the characters long after the book is finished. This is a must read.

 

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