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Francesca Hor­nak (R375)


I LOVED this comic drama, which abounds with con­tem­po­rary types and tropes.

The plot is ge­nius: cur­mud­geonly restau­rant re­viewer An­drew, his sweet Sloaney wife Emma and their friv­o­lous daugh­ter Phoebe are in quar­an­tine be­cause other daugh­ter, doc­tor Olivia, is back from Africa pos­si­bly car­ry­ing an Ebola-like virus. Given the se­crets the fam­ily are keep­ing from each other, house ar­rest in North Nor­folk is risky enough. But what really sends things into over­drive is the won­der­ful Jesse, a sunny, funny, camp Cal­i­for­nian who arrives in freez­ing Cromer on the trail of his nat­u­ral fa­ther. Who could that pos­si­bly be? Ev­ery­one goes on a jour­ney and the re­sults are hi­lar­i­ous and touch­ing.

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