By Elizabeth Kelly
APOLOGIZE, APOLOGIZE! takes us into the perversely charmed international of the Flanagans and their son, Collie (who has the questionable luck to be named after a breed of dog). Coming of age on Martha's winery, he struggles to discover his position inside of his wildly filthy rich, hyper-articulate, resolutely loopy Irish-Catholic family members: a philandering father, incorrigible brother, pigeon-racing uncle, radical activist mom, and domineering media magnate grandfather (accused of being a assassin via Collie's mother). it's a global the place chaos is exhilaratingly consistent, the place cash is of no item. And but it's a international the place the issues Collie wants-understanding, balance, a feeling of belonging-cannot be got for any fee. via his travails, we become aware of what it particularly ability to develop up and likewise to develop into one's relations: discovering to discover how one can see them anew, to forgive them, and to be forgiven in flip.
In prose that's full of life, funny, and amazing all through, Elizabeth Kelly supplies us the dysfunctional-family novel to finish all dysfunctional-family novels, discovering the comedy and pathos in her characters' struggles, and displaying superbly how a family's love may be as making an attempt because it is correct.
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Ravelstein was still un able to walk and had only the partial use of his arms and of his hands. He could smoke, he could dial numbers on the telephone--otherwise he was, in the French expression he preferred, _hors d'usage__. As soon as Nikki arrived, Rosamund and I left and waited outside. After a time Nikki came out with tears on his face. He very seldom discussed Ravelstein with me or other friends. He accepted us because we had been vetted by Abe. We were the people Abe talked to about matters he, Nikki, was not interested in.
She does the work as well as anybody. Her Greek is more than adequate, and she doesn't miss a thing, understands the texts perfectly well. Very nervous and unsure about herself. And she's very attractive, isn't she. " He didn't know it, but I had been, for once, ahead of him. wasn't going to have Ravelstein vet Rosamund for me. I couldn't let him arrange my marriage as he did for his students. If he lacked all feeling for you, he didn't give a damn what you did. But if you were one of his friends it was a bad idea, he thought, for you to take things into your own hands.
But Abe and I, happy to see each other again after so many months, hardly gave a thought to Vela, or to Ravelstein's impropriety in barging into the bedroom. He should at least have knocked. It was her bedroom, as she was to remind me. I might have known from the dainty anger of her running that Ravelstein was guilty of an outrage. I was unwilling to take her notions of good conduct into account. She said afterward that she could never forgive him for blundering into her room. Why did he rush in without warning, before she was dressed?
Apologize, Apologize! by Elizabeth Kelly