The Two-Family House: What’s More Complicated Than One Family? Two.


The Two-Family House: A Novel
Author: Lynda Cohen Loigman
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, 2016
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Hardcover Edition: 290 pages
Source: Library copy

Note: For book club readers who have yet to read this book, these comments contain NO spoilers.

This spellbinding story reminds any reader that we must live with the decisions we make as best we can. Some things from the past cannot be forgotten for those who know such truths. It is a beautifully written novel, so real, that every moment of the read feels like events are happening to people you know and care about. The characters are carefully and completely imagined and realized. It is an intense story touching the deepest part of the reader’s heart.

Complex, yet completely readable, the pages fly by. I’m so glad I didn’t miss this book.

It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel because the author is so skilled. The multiple viewpoints enable the reader to know all of the players in this family. And, the author handles the multiple viewpoints as well as any author I’ve read. Her website is interesting and includes some of her other writing: essays, blogs etc. Check it out. I think you’ll be glad you did.

While it is true, some reviewers don’t share my enthusiasm for this novel; at this point, having recently finished the read, I take no steps back. There’s heartrending sadness, and pure joy to pull the reader through the suspense. What else can one expect from a family saga?

Hope you like it as much as I did.

2 thoughts on “The Two-Family House: What’s More Complicated Than One Family? Two.

  1. Bernadette Mainzer

    I am facilitating this book @ Summerhouse Book Club this February. Anxious to read it. Any questions or thoughts (other than what you have said in your blog) would be appreciated. Thanks, Paulette.


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