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Article posted: 7/23/2013 6:00 AM

A novel about fathers & sons struggling to connect

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"& Sons" by David Gilbert


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The ghost of J.D. Salinger hovers over David Gilbert's new novel, "& Sons." Set amid Manhattan's toniest neighborhood, the novel centers on A.N. Dyer, a reclusive author best known for his coming-of-age story set in a boys' prep school. "& Sons" isn't primarily social satire, though parts are hilarious. It's about the emotional bonds between fathers, sons and brothers -- the overwhelming love that can't be adequately expressed and the burden of unspoken expectations.
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