Fifth Child


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In the unfettered atmosphere of the late 1960s, a couple builds a life based on their belief in the superior value of tradition and "normalcy". A large house, a large family, all the expected pleasantries convince them they can remain untouched by dark events--until the birth of their fifth child, a gruesome, insatiably hungry, violent child.

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Jan 24, 2008

Family Turmoil

This was a book about society; its impact on a family; and how one difficult child can change the dynamics not only within the birth family, but the extended family as well. It was an excellent book, which I could hardly put down. It was a very personal book because it explored the feelings and thoughts of every character without lapsing into cliches. This is one of my favorite Lessing books!

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