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Nina Stibbe, Man at the Helm

Man at the Helm: A Novel - Nina Stibbe

Very funny about the everyday travails of a family thrown off kilter by divorce, and every time I started to think "this is pretty thin and the humor is starting to pall" there'd be a really astute observation.

 

I haven't read Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle recently enough to say if the comparisons are really justified (sort of, I think). What it reminds me of is Hilary McKay's children's/YA series about the Casson family, particularly the way the children mostly take for granted/accept/work around the failures of the parents. 

 

This was a lot of fun.