THE FAMILY TABOR
An Indie Next Great Read Pick
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Set over the course of a single weekend, and deftly alternating between the five Tabors, this provocative, gorgeously rendered novel reckons with the nature of the stories we tell ourselves and our family and the price we pay for second chances.
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When you have the most skillfully prepared, decadent dessert placed in front of you, do you plunge in and devour it? Or do you slowly savor it? This is the happy predicament I find myself in when approaching the work of Cherise Wolas... This brilliantly executed novel is filled with secrets, repressed memories, and unforgettable characters under a blazing California sun.
—ABA Indie Next Pick List
Wolas, whose much-acclaimed debut novel, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, earned countless well-deserved accolades, once again writes with gorgeous intensity about the strata of loving relationships that entwine families in all their messy contradictions that often stubbornly resist transparency, the truth, and resolution. Savor this.
--Library Journal, Starred Review
"The past is not dead. It's not even past,"
wrote William Faulkner. The Family Tabor provides compelling evidence of that truth. Despite its roots in family drama and the mystery that propels its final third, The Family Tabor is, at its heart, a philosophical novel. Wolas poses big questions: What does it mean to live a good life? How can we atone for a serious misdeed? And how do we seek forgiveness when others have been wronged profoundly by our conduct?...
The Family Tabor, Wolas' follow-up to her acclaimed The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, is a piercing and multilayered portrayal of an accomplished yet deeply troubled family.
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby was one of the best of 2017. We're thrilled that she's returning with another novel, about a family that gathers in Southern California over a weekend to celebrate their father being named Man of the Decade. As in all good family dramas, secrets come out when the family unites.
In this follow-up to The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, Wolas’ absorbing, multi-starred debut, Harry Tabor’s family gathers in Palm Springs to celebrate his being proclaimed Man of the Decade. But son Simon seems troubled, attorney daughter Phoebe is tight-lipped about her boyfriend, and another daughter, Camille, remains uncertain about her path in life. Then there’s Harry, hiding a dark secret. Read Ashby if you haven’t, then grab this.
Critics & Authors, Barbara’s Picks, July 2018
Spanning the brief but extraordinarily eventful 24 hours before and after Harry’s celebrity gala, this breathtakingly beautiful story wades through a cacophony of emotions. Experiencing delight, anticipation, warmth, discovery, surprise, questioning, devastation, and hope just as any family may do on any average day. But this is no average day nor is this an average book. The Family Tabor absolutely demands to be on the top of the must-read stack, the head of the book club list, and the front of the staff picks table in every single bookshop.
—The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
Cherise Wolas is a writer ascending to the top of her game. The Family Tabor outshines even Wolas’s spectacular debut.
—Turnrow Book Co., Greenwood, MS
Excellent, simply excellent. With skill and deftness, layer by layer, Wolas peels this family down to its true core, giving readers a truly exceptional reading experience.
Book Clubs must not miss this one!
—Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA
Her work stays with me even when the book sits on the nightstand for a few days amid the bustle of a busy life. Wow. Just incredible.
—Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers, Farmington, ME
Another stunning novel of family secrets…
I loved every one of the characters. Oh, how my heart ached for all of them. And what a perfect ending.
—Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
... an engrossing, character-rich novel. [Wolas'] talent, as writer and psychologist, her deep understanding of the human condition, is extraordinary.
—Read Booksellers, Danville, CA
[A] book not to miss is Cherise Wolas' superb second novel, The Family Tabor ... an exploration of family dynamics, what we really know of each other, the measures of success between parents and children, encased in shifting perspectives and compelling characters.
—DDG Booksellers, Farmington, ME
...the Tabors are a complex and secretive group who keep truths from each other and themselves. The reunion will force them to reveal lies, negotiate decisions, and try for second chances. Cherise Wolas returns with a
sympathetic and stirring tale and characters
with whom readers will connect as deeply as their own relatives.
— Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN
In this compelling story, luck, like love, can be elusive, ever-present and lost. Wolas explores Jewish identity and the connection to the past, with a nod to Leonard Cohen.
—The Jewish Week