This is the story that inspired Robert Redford's Oscar-winning film, Ordinary People. The stars of the show were Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore. I feel the need to find a copy of the movie and watch it.
The story is about the Jarret family. They seem very typical. Ordinary! As long as you only look on the surface. (Isn't that true of many families?) They had experienced the loss of a teenage son to a boating accident. The son who remained tries to commit suicide by cutting his wrists. They then send him to a mental hospital for recovery. He spends 8 months there.
I found myself liking the father of the story a lot. The mother, not so much. She seemed so cold and unloving. That is why I would like to see the movie just to compare my feelings with how the mother is portrayed. In the end the family is okay. For the most part! Because after all is said and done, life goes on.
I will give the book *** stars. I liked it. I listened to it as an audible book. Maybe reading it would have made me like it more. Who knows!