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An addictive novel about contemporary parenthood and modern family life.
‘A beautiful study of familial need and mess...insightful till it hurts.’ Nikita Lalwani
‘Bold and remarkable...full of heart and compassion.’ Dinaw Mengestu
A grandfather returns home from abroad to visit his adult children. The son is a failure. The daughter is having a baby with the wrong man. Only the grandfather, the proud patriarch, is perfect – at least, according to himself.
Over the course of ten intense days, the relationships of this chaotic and entirely normal family unfold and painful memories resurface. Something has to give. But the son is duty-bound to his father through an arrangement they call ‘the father clause’. Can it be renegotiated, or will it bind everyone to the past forever?
In The Family Clause, multi-award-winning writer Jonas Hassen Khemiri has created a tender, funny and bruising novel about what it means to be a good parent, the difficulty of understanding those closest to us, and how it sometimes takes courage just to stick around. An ode to families, their dynamics, their boundaries and their silences, in all their messy glory, it reveals one of the real challenges in life: how to stop your family defining your destiny.
Khemiri (Everything I Don't Remember) repeats phrases, assembles lists, and stacks up a family's disappointments in this surprisingly satisfying novel set over the course of a single week. A man, referred to as "a son who is a father," threatens to revoke the Father Clause, a family agreement allowing his "father who is a grandfather" to stay in the small family-owned apartment in Stockholm whenever he is in town. The father is too critical of his son, too stingy, and too messy, and his overburdened son doesn't want him there he has bigger problems. His girlfriend, the mother of their children, has gone back to work as a lawyer, leaving him to care for their two needy children as his self-esteem dips into the red. The father is less demanding of his daughter, the man's sister, but he doesn't know about her personal struggles, such as the fact that she's pregnant and her boyfriend disagrees with her decision to have an abortion. The novel's wordiness and gymnastically vague details will likely wear on readers, but Khemiri succeeds at creating an infectious sense of melancholia as the poisonous patriarch is forced to reckon with the truth. In a slow build of quotidian moments, Khemiri constructs a familiarly flawed universe that lays bare what it means to be human.