The ailment at the center of this remarkable novel is the human condition itself. Jennifer Haigh has written a sprawling, emotionally gripping account of one family’s troubled history, enlivened by her formidable intelligence and deep insight into her characters’ hearts and minds
— Tom Perrotta, author of
LITTLE CHILDREN and THE LEFTOVERS
With humor, grace and an abiding compassion that is becoming her signature, Jennifer Haigh illuminates the dark tangle of desire and deed that is the family, that crucible we so often yearn to flee yet keep coming back to again. THE CONDITION is unsentimental, compelling and moving.
— Andre Dubus III, author of
THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG and TOWNIE

The Condition

The Condition  opens in 1976, as the McKotches of Concord, Massachusetts embark on their annual family vacation to Cape Cod. One day on the beach, Frank McKotch is struck by an image he cannot forget: his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gwen, strangely infantile in her child-sized bikini, standing a full head shorter than her younger cousin.

Twenty years after Gwen's diagnosis with Turner's syndrome, a genetic condition that has prevented her from maturing physically, all five family members are still dealing with the fallout. Each believes himself crippled by some secret pathology; each feels responsible for the family's demise. 

Jennifer Haigh reads from The Condition