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Family and Friends

AuthorAnita Brookner

NarratorJudith Whale

Duration6h 30m

CategoriesAdult Fiction, Novels

PublisherIsis

VersionUnabridged

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Sofka Dorn, matriarch of a prosperous German family living in England, rules her four children with a strong hand. Frederick, the eldest son, is a 'disgracefully charming' ladies' man, adored and indulged by his mother, as is his flirtatious sister Betty. Alfred and Mimi, steady and solitary, are a disappointment, for their mother values boldness and strength. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the struggle to escape the family will prove a test for all four children separately.

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