An intriguing and timely novel about inheritance, and what happens in a tangled family when someone dies.
Richie had been a celebrated musician, wealthy, popular, and adored by Chrissie and their three daughters. But when he dies, without warning, Chrissie has to deal not only with her grief but with the knowledge that her beloved Richie had another family, one which he had deserted many years before but which now needs to be involved. And their involvement extends not only to the immediate aftermath of a sudden death, but to the longer-term and much more difficult issue - who will inherit his legacy? Chrissie and her girls, comfortably off in London, or Margaret, the deserted wife, living in the North East with Richie's only son?
“She writes as observantly as ever. There are always those brilliant brief glimpses of some detail which ring wonderfully true”
“Trollope is shrewdly observant of human interaction”
“Highly involving, deeply humane.”
“Joanna Trollope is the most emotionally intelligent of contemporary British novelists”
Amanda Craig, Independent
“Clever and thoughtful”
“A rich, satisfying and - ultimately - uplifting read. It's the work of an author at the top of her game”
“Trollope really knows and understands how people think and behave and she paints them realistically and with love...A page-turner that feels like sinking into a warm, deep bath. With Trollope you are always in safe hands. Highly recommended.”
“An absorbing read”
“A literary big hitter with a velvet touch”
“Dark and brilliantly absorbing”
“The Other Family is highly involving, deeply humane.”
“An absorbing read.”
“Trollope is a barometer of modern middle-class mores, with a talent for pin-pointing the burning issues in supposedly ordinary lives.”
“Joanna Trollope has many, enviable skills but perhaps her greatest is for identifying and illuminating the emotional truths of contemporary life.”
“Well drawn and convincing”
Mail on Sunday
“Trollope explores, with infinite delicacy, the strands that make a family”
“An absorbing contemporary novel from one of our most perceptive writers.”
“Trollope has created a fount of bitchy tension which she manipulates with great skill.”
LONDON EVENING STANDARD.
“Trollope is brilliant at swooping in on a modern dilemma and showing it from every angle...Inventive, surprising and fascinating”