Wentworths

by Katie Arnoldi | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781585679997 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 4/17/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, April 17, 2008
From Publishers Weekly
With a wry touch, Arnoldi draws a mocking portrait of a powerful Southern California family that, while not the worst family on record, is remarkably warped by wealth and power. The Wentworths' individual faults play off the milieu of familial grotesques: mother Judith's a dieting narcissist who abuses the servants, while patriarch Gus's compulsive philandering has been inherited and surpassed by his sexually deviant son Conrad, defense lawyer to the scummy stars. Conrad's sister, Becky, is the only offspring with a family of her own, and their problems (kleptomaniac son, depressed teenage daughter) hover closer to the edge of normalcy. The final family member, gay Norman, lives in a fantasy world in the pool house and offers analyses of his kin's foibles. The Wentworths' fortress of supposed superiority is threatened by two women: Angela, a conniving ex of Conrad's, and Honey, Gus's naïve paramour. As the family closes ranks, comedy and tragedy ensue. A page-turner both for its well-paced intrigue and for its witty, sordid description of just how awful these people can get, the book's coup isn't the skewering Arnoldi (Chemical Pink) gives her overprivileged clan; it's the redemption they find after they're served twisted justice.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The Wentworths are a wealthy South Californian family who are extremely dysfunctional. The book starts with the whole family going to get the youngest son out of jail. I laughed out loud imagining this scene.

The Wentworths include: father Augustus, mother Judith, eldest son Conrad, daughter Becky, Son-in-law Paul and their children, Monica and Joey and youngest son Norman.

Augustus is a boozing philanderer who keeps a woman on the side. Judith is a cold, unfeeling skinny woman whose sole concern is her figure. She loves to mistreat the servants. Conrad is a busy well-known lawyer with a penchant for young girls and kinky sex. He brings girls home to meet his parents just before he dumps them.

Becky is a substance abuser who only wants her mother's approval. Paul is her wimp of a husband who hasn't got a clue of how to fix his family but really wants to try. Norman is a sensitive homosexual and the ignored member of the family.

Conrad bring Angela home to meet the family and Angela is not so easily dumped. Furthermore, she fits right into the dysfunctional family.

The book is a study of bad behaviour. The reader gets sucked into wondering what will happen next. Arnoldi delivers a compact twisted and 'sick' book and nicely ties up all the loose ends in an epilogue at the end

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, June 30, 2008
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Journal Entry 4 by Jordanne from Landgraaf, Limburg Netherlands on Friday, July 04, 2008
I received this book today! Thanks Aceofhearts!

I loved this book! The short chapters made it highly readable and the characters and plot were fun! I'd like to read her other book now too!

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