A finely told story of a family in chaotic dysfunction from the perspective of one 10-year-old, Henry Pendergast. Through the eyes of Henry, we are given the view of his family told in four major increments of holiday events occurring in the tumultuous years of 1968 and 1969: Thanksgiving; Christmas; Easter; and the Fourth of July. This original method of revelation draws you into the family in a close, personal way by seeing them together and sometimes at their worst. As most know, holiday get-togethers with family are both a loving event of togetherness and a stress-inducing time to ensure all goes well. Trowden does well to capture those two essences, combining them into comedic episodes that will have you laughing at the same time you feel sorry, will have you relating to the desires of wanting a "normal" family while witnessing the catastrophic quirks of the individual members. It is a journey with an ending that will have you thoughtful about life and what family truly means. A great holiday read--funny and tragic, thoughtful and relatable.