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The Laments Free read Ê 8 × ❰Reading❯ ➷ The Laments Author George Hagen – Meet the Laments—the affably dysfunctional globetrotting family at the center of George Hagen’s exuberant debut novelHoward is an engineer who dreams of irrigating the Sahara and lives by the mott Meet The Laments—the affably dysfunctGreeted by the tribal ferocity of his schoolmates and a society fixated on the Blitz No sooner has he succumbed to British pop culture in the guise of mop top Sally Byrd and her stacks of s than the Laments uproot themselves once again and it’s off to New Jersey where life deals crisis and opportunity in eual measureUndeniably eccentric the Laments are also universal Every family moves on in life Children grow up things are left behind there is always something to lament Through the Lament’s restlessness responses to adversity and especially their unwieldy love for one another George Hagen gives us a portrait of every family that is funny tragic and improbably true From the Hardcover editi. The Laments were a joy to travel with The one family member who really wasn’t a Lament spends the whole time keeping his family together; watching worrying and caring for The small part about refusing to put up a US flag on Memorial Day was so poignant

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Meet the Laments the affably dysfunctional globetrotting family at the center of George Hagen’s exuberant debut novelHoward is an engineer who dreams of irrigating the Sahara and lives by the motto “Laments move” His wife Julia is a fiery spirit who must balance her husband’s oddly peripatetic nature with unexpected aspirations of her own And Will is the “waif with a paper thin heart” who is given to Howard and Julia in return for their own child who has been lost in a bizarre maternity ward mishap As Will makes his way from infancy to manhood in a family that careens from continent to continent one wonders where the Laments will ever belongIn Bahrain Howard takes a job with an oil. Will belongs to a family that moves A lot It is what the Laments do They have moved from South Africa to Bahrain to Southern Rhodesia to England and then to New Jersey His father is talking about moving on to Australia or maybe New Zealand always looking for that perfect place where he will be able to realize his dreams But for Will it means he never feels like he belongs anywhere And sometimes he wonders if he really belongs in this family with his wild twin brothers his permanently distracted father and his harried mother He doesn't know what the reader learns very early in the book he is a Lament in name but not by birth What the reader also sees is that Will is the heart and soul of his family This is a beautiful sometimes funny often heartbreaking coming of age story I read it first when it was newly published and I relished the re read

Review The Laments

The LamentsCompany and young Will makes his first friend But in short order he is wrenched off to another land his mother’s complicated friendship with the American siren Trixie Howitzer causing the family to bolt In Northern Rhodesia during its last days as a white colony the twin enfants terribles Marcus and Julius are born and Will falls for the gardener’s daughter a girl so vain that she admires her image in the lid of a biscuit tin But soon the family’s life is upturned again thie time by their neighbor Major Buck uinn with his suburban tirades against black self rule Envisioning a civilized life on “the sceptered isle” the Laments board an ocean liner bound for England Alas poor Will is. This is the story of a family the Laments Babies are switched and tragedy happens throughout their search for a place to build a happy life They settle in cities in various continents finally ending up in America The tone of writing is very matter of fact which is sometimes comical Still I didn't like this book so much It dragged on and there is this sphere of despair and destruction