Lives of Short Duration
By David Adams Richards
Published in 1993 by New Canadian Library
Originally published in 1981
Rating: 5 / 5
The Terris are engaging people, but they are a family in collapse. Alcoholism, drugs, and loveless sex have reduced them to a petty and wasted bunch. Worse, they typify aspects of the larger community besieged by financial woes and by creeping economic and cultural Americanization.