Haighs previous novels, Mrs. Kimble and Baker Towers, won PEN awards, the latter becoming a New York Times best seller. And one of her hallmarks as a writer is her ability to move among multiple perspectives to tell the story of a whole family, not just one character. That skill takes center stage in The Condition. Though its the McKotches daughter Gwen who bears the burden of Turners syndrome, her disease becomes a flashpoint for her relatives, who all have we find out their own defects as humans.
Wed., July 15, 8 p.m., 2009