Brothers and Sisters: Intimate portraits of sibling relationships
William Heinemann/Random House, $19.95 pb, 343 pp
Family is surely the house of all feeling. Yet when we are in our early twenties, if not before, part of our dream of being grown up is to imagine the day when we will leave this house. Years later, many of us realise that we never did, that the building may be prison or comfort, but it is also us. How one adapts to this sage correction by time and maturity largely determines the emotional comfort of middle life and beyond.