By David Hopson
The Fisher kinfolk of Alluvia, long island, is coming undone. Evelyn spends her days tending to her husband, Henry—an acclaimed and reclusive novelist slowly wasting his conflict with Alzheimer’s. Their son, Benji, onetime megastar of an ’80s sitcom known as Prodigy, sinks deeper into drunken obscurity, railing opposed to the bit roles he’s pressured to soak up uncelebrated nearby theater. His sister, Claudia, attempts her top to shore up her relations while she bargains with the results of a extraordinary, decades-old mystery that’s come to gentle. whilst the Fishers mistake one in every of Benji’s drug-induced injuries for a suicidal cry for aid, Benji commits to enjoying a task he hopes will opposite his fortune and stall his family’s decline. Into this combination comes Max Davis, a twentysomething cello virtuoso and real-life prodigy, whose visual appeal spurs the total relations to check no matter if the secrets and techniques they idea have been maintaining all of them jointly may very well be what’s tearing them apart.
David Hopson’s the entire Lasting issues is a gorgeous, relocating kin portrait that explores the legacy all of us stand to leave—in our lives, in our work—and asks what these legacies suggest in an international the place the entire lasting issues don't final.
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All the Lasting Things by David Hopson