Mark Haddon's 2003 adult fiction debut, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is the rare novel that can be successfully recommended to just about any reader (try it!). The book became a word-of-mouth hit for the British writer, who had previously been known for his children's books.
On June 12, Doubleday will publish Haddon's third novel, The Red House. It's a family drama along the lines of his second book, A Spot of Bother—but this time, the action takes place during a family vacation that dissolves into a "symphony of long-held grudges, fading dreams and rising hopes, tightly-guarded secrets and illicit desires, all adding up to a portrait of contemporary family life that is bittersweet, comic, and deeply felt. . . . The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over." Haddon says the manuscript "contains lots of found text and images."
Hm. I can't decide if this would be the perfect novel to read while on vacation with your family this summer ("at least we're not THAT crazy!") or the worst (thinking too much about resentment and guilt while with your family can only lead to pain.). Will you read it?