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By Joshua Henkin

It is July four, 2005, and the Frankel family members is descending upon their cherished summer season domestic within the Berkshires. they've got accrued to memorialize Leo, the youngest of the 4 siblings and an intrepid journalist killed on that day in 2004, whereas on task in Iraq. yet Leo’s mom and dad are adrift in a grief that’s tearing aside their forty-year marriage, his sisters are suffering from their very own problems, and his widow has arrived from California bearing a mystery. the following award-winning author Joshua Henkin unfolds this kin tale, as, over the process 3 days, the Frankels deal with sibling rivalries and marital feuds, with risky girls and silent males — and, finally, with the real that means of family. 

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