Baby of the Family
A NovelBook - 2019
Meet the Whitbys: a dynasty akin to the Astors, once enormously wealthy real-estate magnates who were considered zthe landlords of New York. There was a time when the death of a Whitby would have made national news, but when the family patriarch, Roger, dies, he is alone. Word of his death travels from the longtime family lawyer to his clan of children (from four separate marriages), and the news isn't good. Roger has left everything to his 21-year-old son Nick, a Whitby only in name, including the houses currently occupied by Shelley and Brooke, two of Roger's daughters from different marriages. And Nick is nowhere to be found. Brooke, the oldest of the children, who is unexpectedly pregnant, leads the search for Nick, hoping to convince him to let her keep her Boston home and her fragile composure. Shelley hasn't told anyone she's dropped out of college just months before graduating and is living in her childhood apartment while working as an amanuensis for a blind writer named Anandaroop Gupta, with whom she develops a rather complicated relationship. And when Nick, on the run from the law after a misguided and dramatic act of political activism, finally shows up at Shelley's New York home, worlds officially collide as Nick and Mr. Gupta's daughter fall in love. Soon, all three siblings are faced with the question they have been running from their whole lives: What do they want their future to look like if they can finally escape their past?
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2019
Characteristics: 450 p. ; 24 cm