Harry Tabor is about to be named Man of the Decade, a distinction that feels like the culmination of a life well lived, a perfect life. His family comes together in Palm Springs for a weekend of celebration: his wife, Roma, a distinguished child psychologist; his daughters Phoebe, a high-powered attorney, and Camille, a brilliant social anthropologist; and his son, Simon, also a lawyer, who brings his glamorous wife and two precocious daughters.
But almost immediately, cracks begin to appear in this smooth facade. Simon hasn’t been sleeping through the night, Camille can’t decide what she wants to do with her life, Phoebe is a little too cagey about her new boyfriend, and Roma knows her children are hiding things from her. And Harry is haunted by the long-buried secret that drove him, decades ago, to relocate his young family from Connecticut to the California desert. As the ceremony nears and the family splinters, the Tabors must each face up to the imperfections they’ve suppressed for so long.
Deftly alternating between the five Tabors, this provocative, gorgeously rendered novel reckons with the price we pay for second chances.