Lionel Shriver. A Perfectly Good Family. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.

After the death of her parents, Corlis McCrea finds herself in the familiar (and inherent?) position of the middle child: having to choose a side. Her two siblings, self-serving older brother Mordecai and younger, diffident brother Truman, are at odds. The issue: what to do with their parents’ southern mansion, and everything in it, that is willed to all three.  The real problem: the brothers have different ideas on what to do with the house. Truman has spent all his life in the mansion and has no desire to let go of his memories. On the other hand, Mordecai sees the monetary potential in this inheritance and wants to sell. The only way either can win is to obtain Corlis’s allegiance so that two siblings can buy out the third.

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