Monday, February 28, 2011
THE ARRIVALS seems to be based on that old adage, "Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." Ginny and William Owens live a quiet and peaceful life in Vermont. Their three children are grown and off on their own. Or so it would seem.
One by one, each of their offspring return home one summer, each for different reasons but none are eager to leave. Lillian arrives first with her two small children, running away from her marriage. Stephen show up unexpectedly with his very pregnant, workaholic wife. Rachel, their youngest, is having financial and relationship problems and escapes her NYC apartment.
As everyone squeezes into the Owens' house, tempers flare and before long everyone is irritable. Compounding the problem, Stephen's wife is put on bed rest and it's like a Chinese fire drill the way the author moves the characters to different sleeping quarters.
THE ARRIVALS was not a soothing escape. None of the protagonists is even remotely happy, no one seems to communicate with their significant others, the three siblings are self-centered and childish and the constant upheaval and bickering is just too annoying.