The first novel, chronologically, of what are known as Plante's Francouer Novels. A finalist for the 1979 National Book Award in Fiction (hardcover). From Gale Literature: "'The Family' describes the emotional breakdown of Reena Francoeur, Daniel's mother, but the story is really about the father, Jim Francoeur, the tool-shop worker whose personality dominates the family. His hard work over forty years seems to pay off when it looks like he will become a foreman and his campaign as a Republican candidate seems promising, too. However, when his ambitions collapse, he falls into unemployment, debt, and depression, bringing the family down with him."
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
New York, New York