George Baxter Henry, his wife, Paula, his cocaine-addicted son, Billy, his “slow” daughter, Iska, and his mother-in-law, Muriel, are on a flight to France for a vacation. Billy is nineteen and is trying to become a rock star. His contracts are ready to be signed, but due to his age, he needs his father’s signature as well. Iska is intent on writing a book about apples. Muriel is ever-present with her history of having been an Oscar-winning actress and her utter dislike of George.
The trip has been planned because the family discovered that George was having an affair. This was a way for him and Paula to try to work things out. George has much to lose if a divorce happens. It would mean the loss of his law firm.
Muriel would like nothing more than for Paula and George to divorce. There has never been much “like” between the two.
George is bent on getting Billy cured of his addiction and proceeds to do just that. Iska continues to discover all that she can about apples and leaves notes for her father about her findings. Muriel continues to heckle George constantly and George and Paula are slowly working their marriage out.
George is really not the most likeable guy in the world. His affair at home is bad enough, but things that happen in France really made me dislike him even more. In the end, it is really up to the reader to decide whether he has earned a redemption or not.
The Redemption of George Baxter Henry is very well writen, with some very funny situations and comments. George is a character that keeps you interested. Whatever your opinion is of George Baxter Henry, you will probably really have to think about it after you have finished the book.
Joanne has always been an avid reader and loves the ability to lose herself in someone else’s life for the time that it takes to read about it. She has a huge admiration for authors and the worlds that they create for us. She enjoys reading to her granddaughters and hopes that they take up the love of reading.
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