Ordinary People is a novel which tells the story of the Jarrett family, who are having a difficult time coping with the death of their oldest son Buck the year before. Their other son, Conrad, is severely depressed and having trouble relating to his parents. When both Conrad and his father Calvin begin seeing a psychiatrist, they are able to resolve their issues with themselves and with each other. Conrad’s mother Beth is ultimately unable to do the same, and leaves the family.

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