The Children is the mesmerizing story of a wealthy, but unconventional New England family, told from the perspective of Charlotte, a reclusive 29-year-old who has a famous (and secret) life on the Internet.
Charlotte Maynard rarely leaves her mother Joan’s home, the sprawling Connecticut lake estate that belonged to her late stepfather, Whit Whitman, and generations of Whitmans before him. While Charlotte and her sister, Sally, grew up at “Lakeside,” their stepbrothers Spin and Perry – who lived with their mother, Whit’s previous wife – were welcomed as weekend guests. Now, the grown boys own the estate, which Joan and her daughters occupy by their grace―and a provision in the family trust.
When Spin, the family’s golden boy, brings his fiancé home for the summer, the entire family is both captivated… and unsettled. The beautiful and preternaturally accomplished Laurel Atwood breathes new life into this often comically-rarefied world — but is Laurel really all she says she is? As the wedding draws near, and the family’s prim-and-proper veneer begins to deteriorate, an array of simmering resentments and unfortunate truths is exposed.
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