I first heard about this book through Ti at Book Chatter. She is so convincing, that girl. She stated that she wanted everyone to read this book, for its heartbreaking and hopeful qualities. I ordered the audio from my library and away I went. I'm not sure I loved it quite as much as Ti, but was swept away by this family's story nevertheless.
Synopsis: With stars and dollar signs in his eyes, Warren Ziller uproots his wife and three kids from Wisconsin to Palos Verdes, California to make his millions in real estate. Unfortunately, Warren's get-rich-quick scheme isn't working out, and has secretly piddled his life savings away.
We also hear from each member of the Ziller family, and get their perspective on life in California. Each have their own issues and hang-ups, each contribute to the overall dysfunction. When tragedy strikes, in a cruel and senseless turn of events, it is the final straw that sends the family over the edge into the abyss.
My thoughts: When Ti described this story as heartbreaking, she picked the right word. My heart just kept sinking with every disc I listened to - could this family ever catch a break? Sprinkled into the general misery were brief moments of familial love and connectedness, but it wasn't enough to act as the glue to hold things together.
Towards the end of the story, I saw small signs of hope that things could possibly improve, but that definitive leap is left to the imagination of the reader. Do I believe that life eventually turned a corner for the Ziller family? Yes, I have to believe that, otherwise this story would have been unbearable.
A word about the audio production: The narrator of this audio book, David Colacci, is a veteran in the business. I don't believe I've ever heard him, but it was only a matter of time because he has many many titles to his credit. He was pleasant to listen to, and handled accents, male and female voices expertly.
3.5 out of 5 stars