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.
A rollicking tableau of life in all its messy complexity, The Antiques is a heartbreaking, nimble, laugh-out-loud funny send-up of modern family life.
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"Three siblings, estranged as adults, struggle through chaotic circumstances to gather at their parents' home and mourn their father's death. Amy McFadden narrates this well-crafted novel at a jaunty pace and provides just enough characterization for the listener to become immersed in each sibling's backstory. Armie lives in his parents' basement, making flawed furniture and mooning over a woman from a distance. Josef is arrogant and wealthy, thanks to his business acumen, but he's on the verge of losing both his fortune and his family. Charlie is a Hollywood publicist with a severely autistic son and a self-absorbed celebrity client. Perhaps McFadden's chipper, sweet voice is a nod to the hope that these downtrodden misfits will overcome their mutual disdain and unify in the end. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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