A review of "The Rich Part of Life: A Novel" — 7 years ago
I can’t wait to update my allconsuming list on this book. It’s not just a book, but I am working hard towards my 25 books/year wish. =D
This is a twisted story following the events of an ordinary family who just won one hundred ninety million dollars. How do you spend the money if you just won the lottery? For a father who is obsessed with and famous for Civil War research, and a boy who has a fancy wish list of how to spend the money, no matter how hard they try to live or pretend to be normal, nothing is quite the same again.
There are relatives who rarely visited before show up at the door. There are local and foreign people asking for donation, charity, even in the form of pretending to be a starving kid in some remote areas of the world. There are news people everywhere trying to put them on the spotlight. An abandoned baby left at the door. A biological father that the boy was never aware of, who wanted parental rights of the boy now after his wife had left for 10 years and died for a few years before.
Strangely, with all these going on, the boy’s mind was never too confused. I guess that is the nice part about being a child, that the world can be simplifed to a way that he/she can understand..
I really liked the chapters about Bobby Lee kidnapping Teddy. It was a realistic portrayal of a person’s character changes, from a calm father to an alcoholic abusive man. Those chapters about Theo’s changes in behaviors, attempting to be a better loving father were very touching, too.