Published by Random House on July 23rd 2013
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While reading And Sons, I was constantly struck by the amount of effort Gilbert put into imagining A.N. Dyer’s career. Rather than simply creating a book synopsis and writing a quote or two, Gilbert fills pages of And Sons with pages from Ampersand and brings his characters to life through their relationship with the novel. Yet, there is a world of depth beyond the brilliant frame of A.N. Dyer’s books. Gilbert peeks into each of his character’s lives through snapshots, slowly unwrapping secrets that have been hidden for years. Though the first person narration from Topping’s son Philip feels like a slight misstep at first, allowing the speaker in each of the storylines to blur, its purpose grows clear as the novel progresses. Philip’s voice becomes necessary as the lives of the sons weave closer and eventually collide in a startling conclusion.
As an added bonus, the book trailer is a perfect setup for reading the book.