||Booker-winner Penelope Lively's 16th novel is a kaleidoscopic vision of a emotionally fractured family. On the surface, the Harper family was an idyllic one: mother Allison was a doting old-fashioned housewife, and her six children grew up with everything they needed on the large Allersmead estate, their needs tended to by the au pair, Ingrid, who lived at the house for 30 years. Now grown, however, the children have drifted apart, and return home infrequently. In a series of flashbacks and memories, Lively explores the various ways in which the Harper family was not all that it seemed, from the bitterness of Allison and her husband's relationship, to the subtle favoritism they showed their various children, to the children's own unpleasant games, played down in the basement out of the light of day. Though fragmented and mostly plotless, FAMILY ALBUM is an immaculately constructed work of fiction that devilishly dissects the myth of the happy family. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.