Edward St Aubyn
First Sentence: Why had they pretended to kill him when he was born?
Back of the book:
THE FOURTH PATRICK MELROSE NOVEL
The once illustrious, once wealthy Melroses are in peril. Caught up in the wreckage of broken promises, child-rearing, adultery and assisted suicide, Patrick finds his wife Mary consumed by motherhood, his mother in thrall to a New Age foundation, and his young son Robert understanding far more than he should. But even as the family struggles against the pull of its ever-present past, a new generation brings a new tenderness, and the possibility of change.
Quote from the book:
[…] as if he had allowed a priest to spray his teenage sketch of the world with an Infallible fixative.
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Last Sentence: Kettle was transfixed by several kinds of indignation at once, but Thomas filled the silence by jumping off his father’s knee and shouting, ‘Do nothing! Do nothing!’ as he circled the table laden with cakes and tea.