A Perfectly Good Family

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lionel Shriver

Narrated By: Susan Ericksen

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: February 2009

Duration: 13 hours 0 minutes


Following the death of her worthy liberal parents, Corlis McCrea moves back into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all three siblings. Her timid younger brother has never left home. When her bullying black-sheep older brother moves into "his" house as well, it's war. Each heir wants the house. Yet to buy the other out, two siblings must team against one. Just as in girlhood, Corlis is torn between allying with the decent but fearful youngest and the iconoclastic eldest, who covets his legacy to destroy it. A Perfectly Good Family is a stunning examination of inheritance, literal and psychological: what we take from our parents, what we discard, and what we are stuck with, like it or not.


  • Cindy L.

    While I was hoping for a good story about siblings and their inheritance. The characters in this book were so selfish, pious and ungrateful I had to skip past many pages so I wouldn't have to listen to their self-righteous whining. I stayed with it to the end hoping there would be some sort of redeeming factor. They continued being the awful people they started out as in chapter one.

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