A wise and lyrical debut novel about a new widower confronting the truth about his long marriage.After the sudden death of his wife, Maida, Gene is haunted by the fear that their marriage was not all it appeared to be. Alongside Ed and Gayle Donnelly, friends since college days, he tries to resurrect happy memories of the times the two couples shared, raising their children in a small New Hampshire town and vacationing together at a lake house every summer. Meanwhile, his daughter, Dary, challenges not only his happy version of the past but also his view of Maida. As a long-standing rift between them deepens, Gene starts to understand how unknown his daughter is to him--and how enigmatic his wife was as well. And a lingering suspicion seizes his mind that could upend everything he thought he knew.Katharine Dion's assured debut moves seamlessly between Gene's present-day journey and the long history of a marriage and friendship. Rich and wonderfully alive, The Dependents is the most moving kind of drama, an intimate glance into the expanse of family life and the way we must all eventually bridge the chasm between what we want to believe and what we know to be true....
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The Dependents Reviews
The Dependents is a beautifully written book about relationships and the complex range of emotions that fill them. The story begins with a widower’s grief as a means to examine deeply the multitude of feelings and experiences engendered by love, friendship, parenthood, loss, hope and disillusionment. That is, life. Dion explores these feelings and experiences with stunning language and wise awareness. Her richly-drawn, connected characters are full of the complications of love, longing, need, an ...more
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'No one couple had played a more important role in his and Maida’s lives than Ed and Gayle Donnelly.'
The lingering question is, what didn’t he know? After Gene’s wife Maida unexpectedly dies days following complications from routine surgery his world is upended. He remembers an argument about knowing, what is useful to know and what isn’t. In relation to death, it would only increase fear, change nothing but Maida, being more logical, preferred ...more
The book just seemed to go on and on. At the end, I felt I had more questions than answers even with the detail the author provided. Story lines didn't feel all the way developed. The book did not live up to the summary.
3.0 A little draggy for me; prefer more dialogue. Also, this book is not about finding the secrets this man's widow kept (as the jacket purports), but instead about his struggles with mourning her loss. This book felt aimless and slow, which resonated as appropriate for this man's journey, and ultimately ok.
I didn't really understand this book. I felt lIke it didn't really go anywhere and would have been better as a short story than a novel. The author has a wonderful way with descriptions, though, and the writing was beautiful.
The story follows Gene in the months after his wife's death. We catch glimpses of his relationships with old friends, his daughter, a housekeeper (?), and the summer house his family went to for decades. The problem is, even with all of the descriptions and details, I never ...more
On Goodreads, this book was described as "lyrical," so that set me up to think I'd be reading a more rich and varied prose, but the novel wasn't actually lyrical. It was rather straight forward. It started out a bit slow, with Gene and his daughter preparing for the mother's memorial. The novel covers the long friendship between the two main couples, and their families visiting a lake house for a couple of weeks each summer. After being married for decades to the same woman, Gene begins a relati ...more
Gene and his wife Maida and Ed and his wife Gayle have been close friends since college. They raised their children together and took vacations at Ed and Gayle’s beach house. When Maida dies, Gene re-lives their marriage and fears that it was not all that he had thought it was. He has never been very close to his daughter Dary and now they seem even further apart. He begins to doubt all of their relationships and a horrible suspicion begins to take root in his mind. Things are further complicate ...more
At the start of the book, Gene has unexpectedly lost his wife, Maida, after 49 years of marriage. He is immersed in grief and his only daughter, Dary and his close friends , Ed and Gayle are trying to help him get through this difficult time. The book goes back and forth between the present and the start of Gene and Maida's relationship.
The book is well written but left me with so many unanswered questions. The relationship between Gene and Dara is strained yet the reason for this tension is ne ...more