Sunday, July 1, 2012

Keepsake by Kristina Riggle

Riggle’s fourth novel (after Things We Didn’t Say, 2011) is a sensitive portrayal of a dysfunctional family struggling to make peace with their pasts. Trish thinks of herself as just a distracted, messy housekeeper—but when her young son, Jack, suffers a broken collarbone after a pile of papers falls on him, Child Protective Services comes calling, forcing her to deal with the fact that she has inherited her mother’s hoarding habits. Trish’s estranged sister, Mary, is the complete opposite—when her white carpet gets a footprint on it, she spends an hour with a scrub brush trying to get it clean. Much to Trish’s chagrin, Mary comes to help her get her house (and life) in order so that Jack is not removed from the home. Meanwhile, Trish’s ex-husband and her older teenage son....
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This review was originally published May 15, 2012 in Booklist.

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