The Antiques

A family reunites after the death of its patriarch just as a hurricane tears through town in this sparklingly funny novel about love, power, money, and adult siblings finding the beating heart of what matters most one another People.On the night of a massive hurricane, three estranged siblings learn that their father is dying For the first time in years, they conveneA family reunites after the death of its patriarch just as a hurricane tears through town in this sparklingly funny novel about love, power, money, and adult siblings finding the beating heart of what matters most one another People.On the night of a massive hurricane, three estranged siblings learn that their father is dying For the first time in years, they convene at their childhood home in upstate New York, where the storm has downed power lines, flooded houses, and destroyed the family s antique store.The Westfalls are no strangers to dysfunction But never have their lives felt so out of control Armie is living in their parents basement In Manhattan, Josef, a sex addicted techie, is struggling to repair his broken relationship with his daughters Their sister, Charlie, who works in Hollywood as a publicist for a wayward young actress, just learned that her son has been expelled from preschool Amid the storm, they come together to plan their father s memorial service, only to learn his dying wish they must sell his priceless Magritte painting As their failures are laid bare, they discover that hope often lurks in the darkest of places And so, too, can hilarity.Complete with an irresistible plot and deeply flawed, affectionately rendered characters, Kris D Agostino s sharp, funny novel conveys the disorienting and ever shifting effects of grief The New York Times and the unexpected epiphanies that emerge in chaos This darkly humorous portrait of the American family under duress balances scathing and humorous commentary on the foibles of family with keen insight Publishers Weekly Perfect for fans of funny family dysfunction novels like Jonathan Tropper s This Is Where I Leave Youd Cynthia D Aprix Sweeney s The Nest Booklist , The Antiques is a heartbreaking, nimble, laugh out loud funny send up of modern family life.
The Antiques A family reunites after the death of its patriarch just as a hurricane tears through town in this sparklingly funny novel about love power money and adult siblings finding the beating heart of what

  • Title: The Antiques
  • Author: Kris D'Agostino
  • ISBN: 9781501138973
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. ! NOW AVAILABLE !The Westfall family home, the home of Ana and George is in the city of Hudson, NY. George has been diagnosed with cancer, had surgery, but it’s back. It’s time to gather the family in. Ana calls their now adult children home, although calling Armie should not be as much effort, since due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, he now resides in their basement. His old room, all their old bedrooms, now being used for other purposes. Armie, technically Armand, was named afte [...]

    2. On the night of a massive hurricane, three estranged siblings learn that their father is dying. Amid the storm, they come together to plan their father's memorial service, only to learn of his one dying wish.The Westfalls are a dysfunctional family. The characters are well-developed, mostly unlikable (although I did like a few) with each of their own quirks. Reunited they clash in both sad and funny ways.Well-written, entertaining and interesting!Thank you to Net Galley and Scribner for an arc o [...]

    3. I picked this book because it was billed as a novel for those who enjoy Jonathan Tropper, whom I find vastly amusing. But this book is not in the same ilk at all. Tropper has a dark humor and often has me chuckling out loud. He knows how to balance humor and pathos. This book was so dark at the beginning I almost gave up on it. You are over halfway through the book before there's the slightest bit of levity. But the darkness just overwhelms the few bits of humor. The characters have huge issues [...]

    4. I have about twenty pages to go and I'm confident I can write the review. This is a fast read, so it has that going for it. The characters are flat and predictable. This is a formulaic tale of middle-aged siblings caught in various stages of arrested adulthood development. Father dies and they are using the memorial weekend as the opportunity to cry about all of their grievances with each other and him. In fact, if you've already read "This Is Where I Leave You" you can skip this book all togeth [...]

    5. I didn't really like this book, and I need to start paying more attention to books that are characterized as "fast paced dysfunctional comedy". Having lived in it, I don't really see dysfunctionalism as very comedic, with the possible exceptions of Arrested Development and Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You (dark humor and hilarious!). Most of the time, reading about people's insanely stressed out lives just stresses me out and makes me wonder why they don't seem to have the sense God [...]

    6. Middling midlist dressed as literary lamb (and I'm a vegetarian). Think This is Where I Leave you only nowhere near as good (and I didn't like that book that much). Dysfunctional family coming together to deal with their dying father while a hurricane looms. One son, Josef, is such a creepy misogynist that I had to completely disengage. So yeah, this one was not for me.

    7. I can't say I agree with the 'sparklingly funny' analysis. Dark, and mainly populated with characters it is equally hard to feel empathy for or to laugh at, with snappy toggles between their various storylines. Solid descriptive writing, I just intensely disliked being around these people; some were jerks and some were just stuck, in ways that made you want to goose them to get them moving but not hang around with them. Sort of Where'd You Go Bernadette, but minus most of the pell-mell I Love Lu [...]

    8. I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could. I really enjoyed the time I spent reading it, which is rare for books that Overdrive recommends to me. Then again, Overdrive also keeps recommending Learn English to me, despite my multiple English degrees get your shit together, Overdrive! Anyway, this book could've easily strayed into MFA-student-bullshit writing but luckily, it just toed that line and stayed, for the most part, unpretentious in the right ways.The one main problem I had with the story is tha [...]

    9. Members of a dysfunctional family gather at their childhood home when the patriarch dies. This book is witty, dark, wonderfully written, and set in the middle of a hurricane.

    10. The things about this book that don't work for me:1. Alliterative character names. Abbot, Armie, Audrey, Ana, Andy When none of the characters is likeable or memorable and their names all blend, then you spend the first half of the book backtracking and trying to keep them straight. If you care that much. Which I didn't.2. False advertising. The cover is quixotically designed and sports the tribute 'a hurricane of hilarity' There was nothing even remotely humorous about this book. It would have [...]

    11. 3.5 stars. No two families are the same, but many hold the same qualities, whether they be funny, flawed, melodramatic or overwrought. The Westfalls of Kris D'Agostino's The Antiques are undoubtedly all of these; fitting given the novel of which they center holds these qualities as well. Full disclosure: I'm a sucker for the multilayered dysfunctional family tale so often found in modern literature. Many, if not most, books of this sub-genre succeed to a point, and falter in others, and The Anti [...]

    12. This has got to be at least the third "dysfunctional family gathers after the death of the patriarch" book that I've read -- Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You and Stewart O'Nan's Wish You Were Here are what spring immediately to mind -- but it's by far my favorite of the three. D'Agostino doesn't get as lost in minutiae as O'Nan, nor rely as heavily on *~*SHENANIGANS*~* as Tropper. The Antiques was still predictable at times, but I liked its quiet optimism. It's not an extraordinary n [...]

    13. 1 ½ stars, if we could do that hereis was a frustrating read for me. the characters lacked depth. i was quite into armie and abbott - but was left wanting so much more from their storylines. the ending felt odd -- a ham-handed, blatant aside that stalled out the flow. i also did not find the novel particularly humourous (dark, or otherwise) or "rollicking". i appreciated what d'agostino was trying to do, but it just didn't work for me, unfortunately.

    14. I read this book quickly, simply because I found it difficult to become too emotionally invested in any of the characters. It reminded me of so many other books where families reunite for a major event (i.e. holiday, funeral, wedding, anniversary, etc.) and manage a temporary period of civility and maturity before all of the old wounds and resentments (predictably) rise to the surface once more. The familial structure and pecking order are quickly re-established, as everyone naturally assumes th [...]

    15. I'm surprised this book is not more well-known and loved because I thought it was absolutely fantastic. I really appreciate the careful plotting and character development that went into the writing of this book. It payed off - the plot moves along at a pace that made me want to turn the pages and there were plenty of surprises along the way, despite being more of a character-driven story. I ended up caring for each of the characters (with the exception of the mother, perhaps, but that's maybe be [...]

    16. In The Antiques, by Kris D’Agostino, a storm comparable to Superstorm Sandy bears down on the mid-Atlantic coast, just as the storms within the lives of the Westfall family gather steam and hit. One sex addicted sibling is trying to complete a sale of his most recent start up that will make or break him. One sibling must balance a child’s probable autism, her superstar client’s demands, and her husband’s suspected infidelity. The third sibling is still living in his parents’ basement. [...]

    17. A week in the life of the dysfunctional Westfall family. Elder parents, George and Ana, grown children Josef, Charlie (daughter) and Armie, all scattered and living their own lives. As I started to read, I thought I would not enjoy this book and was sure I'd stop at the end of the chapter. But it was tantalizing enough that I read another chapter and then became invested in the characters, although I really didn't care for any of the children. Anyway, Dad dies. Children flock home, family all to [...]

    18. D'Agostino's character development is the best part of the book. (If you've seen the movie "August: Osage County," it's similar--more character development than plot.) The characters each are very well defined and struggling in unique ways, and I switched my protagonist several times. It's a quick read, but perhaps not as light and comedic as advertised. The characters deal with complex topics, such as death, abandonment, and failed dreams, so it's sort of misleading to call it a comedy. A great [...]

    19. For the most part I liked this book. It’s primarily a character study with not a lot of actual events to drive the story. I found the characters of the two sons and even the father well written and fascinating. The daughter’s storyline, while interesting, just didn’t work for me and she never felt like a real person. I found the mother character lacking and she did not come to life. Other parts of the story seemed so contrived and out of place. In particular the movie star and panty girl w [...]

    20. Interesting and mostly kept my attention as I listened to it on audio version during my daily run. My biggest takeaway was how many times the author used the word "said". Let's get out the thesaurus and change it up a bit. The number of Charlie said, Ana said, Melody said, Joseph said, Armie said, etc was distracting. There are so many other words to employ--this is writing techniques taught in grade school!

    21. 3.5 A snappy/tragic tale of adult siblings gathering to mourn their father. Only in the case of George Westfall, he's not quite dead yet, and a hurricane has just about destroyed the antiques store he and his wife own. The dog is also not doing well, but then again, neither are their kids, who are facing ruined marriages and careers. In the end, the sale of George's prized possession, a Magritte painting, may help them all -- or maybe not.

    22. Similar in premise to "This is Where I Leave You," this novel examines a dysfunctional family after the loss of the patriarch. D'Agostino uses a day by day structure to frame his story. The first day/chapter is almost half the length of the book; it feels like you aren't going anywhere and then BAM. There's a lot of peripheral characters that the reader could do without. Overall, it's an enjoyable read- the prose is lovely.

    23. I liked the idea for this one, but it's very calculated and badly written. You can practically hear the author's thought process on every page: "Here I'm experimenting with voice, this scene here will be funny, this one will be poignant, I don't really know how kids act so I'll just make this five year old talk like a toddler and scream all the time" There is not one authentic moment in this book.

    24. Too dark for me. I have recently read several books that give new meaning to the term dysfunctional family. Problem with The Antiques was there were no redeeming characters found. I finished for the sake of it - skipping about fifty pages toward the end. I don't think I missed much. Sorry, but there's dark and then there's pitch black. I love Hudson, New York, but I found nothing "sparkling funny" about this group or this book.

    25. No idea why I picked this up at the library while The Nest was in process--this gets three stars vs. the two I gave The Nest because of the slightly superior likeability of some of the characters. Ended up skimming some pages along the way. Over "dysfunctional family drama" with supposedly comic over or undertones. I've aged out of it.

    26. I stuck with it! Over all I enjoyed the book mostly because the characters were so interesting and well developed, so very human. The situations in the book are so often those embarrassing parts of life that we don't want others to know about. The characters plow through and manage to discover that if you want change, you really can make it happen if you are true to yourself.

    27. This was the story of a family in my neck-of-the-woods (Upstate NY), dealing with a dying father and an uncertain future. This story is raw and, in my mind, real. Kris D'Agostino uses a cool writing technique, which I won't elaborate on here, but this is a great read and one of those books where you're sad that in ended.

    28. 3.5 stars. I've always liked books about fucked up family dynamics, even if just to make myself feel better about what I'm doing to my own. In this book, the family comes together after the death of the father. An entertaining tale of sibling rivalries and entanglements, a somewhat lesser version of "this is where I leave you", yet still entertaining.

    29. Another dismal family saga, with a cast of truly unlikable characterspulsive addicts, losers and overall self-centered individuals. Oh, and of course, everyone in the family uses the f-word continually. Then the storm, the death of the patriarch and suddenly the characters grow and become these selfless family members we are supposed to like. Sorry, not possible for me.

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