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Told from the points of view of 3 siblings and their mother, this book talks of their past family history and their relationships with each other in the present day. Each of them is misunderstood and in reality they all really love each other but it takes a trip to Europe and some dysfunctionality to actually bring them to realise that. Whether or not you enjoy the book, you're definitely going to want to visit Europe after this one.
Nice story of family trouble s and how long lasting the effects are. A complex story of family dynamics. All of Charlottes nd Winstons children suffered growing up but all seemed to find their path at the end
BUT, I think that the publishers made some mistakes with the cover and summary blurb. Like many other readers, I picked up this book thinking that it was going to be fairly light-hearted and have some humorous moments with a sprinkle of drama. Friends, this book is a cocktail of HEAVY topics with a cute little umbrella in the glass.
Once you get past that, the novel is quite good. The characters are fairly complex and all are haunted by demons of the past. Though he is not a character present in the novel, their volatile father/husband and the impact of his relationship with his wife and each of his children is really strongly felt throughout the novel and it isn't very pretty.
I would recommend this book to those looking for a heavy, thoughtful read, and to those who really like to read about complicated family relationships.
I would NOT recommend this book to anyone sensitive to or triggered by mental health, abuse, or addiction issues. I guess that to give a warning like that may seem like a spoiler, but I really think it was a bit irresponsible of the publisher to not include something to indicate that this book could be triggering to readers.
The Jetsetters is set from 1983 in Savannah, Georgia, in the United States, to 2015 in Europe. In 1983, Charlotte Perkins is 39 years old when she has a photograph taken with husband Winston, whom she met in Paris, and their three children: six-year-old daughter Lee, son Cord, and baby daughter Regan. Thirty-two years later in 2015, at 71, Charlotte still has that photo. Winston had died and her children didn’t talk to her. Lee is an actress, Cord is a venture capitalist, and Regan is a stay-at-home mother. Charlotte enters the “Become a Jetsetter” essay competition and wins a first-class flight to Athens, Greece, and a 9-day cruise around the Mediterranean, ending in Barcelona, Spain.
On the cruise, they meet a diversity of people, all with their own lives and stories. Family secrets emerge, even Charlotte’s. This is not a comedy, nor is it a tragedy. It has its comic parts and serious issues, but mostly it’s about four people coming to terms with their real selves, and being bold enough to reveal their secrets. Although this book has received high praise, it’s too much of a superficial travelogue for me to enjoy it fully.
Bittersweet. A story of a family bound together yet torn apart by a tragedy, each one looking to find their way through the fallout to peace, if not happiness. This is an easy-to-read story but deceptively deep, tackling depression, addiction, failure and betrayal and yet it manages to stay afloat despite it’s weighty intent.
I think I’ll give this a 3.5. It wasn’t amazing or even great but I enjoyed reading it and thought the characters and scenes of the cruise and Europe were fun and entertaining. I wouldn’t say it’s 100% light hearted though with a bit of family drama, divorce, alcoholism, suicide, etc in the mix. It’s a tough book to review but it was a quick read and less dark than my normal which I liked.