The saying "Gin makes you sin"
sure plays a role in Ann Patchett's latest novel Commonwealth.
A novel about Family dynamics after marriages end and new relationships form and the fallout that folks have to deal with.One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited but with a large bottle of Gin. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.
An interesting novel in places with well formed likable and dislikable characters. The writing is good but there were many highs and lows for me in the novel.
I enjoyed the the beginning of the novel as the situations and characters were interesting. Half ways through I got confused and struggled with the story and characters, but the novel picked up again towards the end. I think there were too many main characters to keep track of and I found the storyline confusing at a certain point. However the book does comes together at the end and while I liked it and it was a quick read, its not going to be a memorable one for me.