Goldberg Variations

Goldberg Variations

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The ultimate novel of family dysfunction from New York Times bestselling author Susan Isaacs, combining her trademark sass and wit, her distinctive characters, with reflections on faith, family, and inheritance that both entertain and enlighten.

Imagine King Lear as a comedy . . .

Elegant, amusing, and profoundly nasty tycoon Gloria Garrison, née Goldberg, has a kingdom to bequeath to one of the grandchildren she barely knows. They're all twentysomethings who foolishly believe money isn't everything. Just shy of eighty, Gloria doesn't wish to watch the minutes tick by while the three dither over the issues of their generation--love, meaning, identity. She has summoned them all from New York for a weekend at her palatial home in Santa Fe. She has a single question to ask them: "Which one of you most deserves to inherit my business?" Gloria never anticipates the answer will be "not interested" times three. She created a brilliant, booming beauty business, Glory, Inc., that not only does well, but does good. And they say "no"? What's so grand about their lives that they would reject such a kingdom?

Daisy Goldberg is not only mad for movies, she's part of the film industry: East Coast story editor for one of the biggest studios. Her brother, Matt, the über--sports buff, has a great job in public relations with Major League Baseball. And their cousin Raquel Goldberg, half-Latina, all Catholic, is a Legal Aid lawyer. They may like their work, but do they really like their lives? Would they be so foolish as to hold against their grandmother the pain she inflicted on every member of the family? As far as Gloria is concerned, this isn't about tender feelings. It's about millions of dollars; it's about living a life the ninety-nine percent dream of and the one percent know.

The weekend is full of surprises, not only for Daisy, Matt, and Raquel but also for Gloria. Memories have a way of intruding at the most inopportune times. And is Gloria's tough hide as impenetrable as she has always believed? Susan Isaacs is at her formidable best in Goldberg Variations , a novel that is both wickedly witty and a deeply moving tale of family and reconciliation.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451605914
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 24 cm.

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sass35 Jun 02, 2014

just finished reading the book and i liked the book accept for the ending which was predictable.the decision made by rachael was so unbelievable.i hope the next book is better

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readlisten
Dec 12, 2012

I have always enjoyed the books of Susan Isaacs, but this has been a surprising and disappointing exception. I cannot say that I detected a plot, but all the characters spent the entire book minging about their unhappy teenage years or unhappy childhoods - decades in the past by. Noone had a happy adolescence! Get over it! And stop making me read about it over and over and over again!

I did find fascinating the back cover photo of the author, who appears as a rosy, plump cheeked lady in her 30. Isaacs is, in fact, about to turn 70.

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sylviastern
Nov 20, 2012

Very funny!!

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dcafk
Oct 08, 2012

Susan Issacs' previous books were fun reads. Not this one. It was pretentious, boring, predictable, and no fun at all.

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