A Friend of the Family

A Friend of the Family

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Pete Dizinoff, a skilled and successful New Jersey internist, has a loving and devoted wife, a network of close friends, an impressive house, and, most of all, a son, Alec, now nineteen, on whom he has pinned all his hopes. But Pete hadn't expected his best friend's troubled daughter to set her sights on his boy. When Alec falls under her spell, Pete sets out to derail the romance, never foreseeing the devastating consequences.

In a riveting story of suburban tragedy, Lauren Grodstein charts a father's fall from grace as he struggles to save his family, his reputation, and himself.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781565129160
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 22 cm.


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debwalker Dec 10, 2010

"Pete Dizinoff really didn't think the woman his son was getting involved with was suitable, so he decided to do something about it. Grodstein's masterful prose renders Pete's voice as he looks back on events, after everything has gone to hell."
Top Ten of 2010: Ron Hogan, reviewer

Nov 23, 2010

This book took longer than average to get into.

Has a parential view that I don't understand, and hope to never. While I kid my children about being a "helicopter parent", this is it to an extreme.

Nov 15, 2010

Reads like "talk about Kevin"

Jun 16, 2010

A chilling novel of parental tunnel vision and offspring entitlement and disarray.


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