Richly rewarding. Gale leaves behind the comedy on which he’s built a reputation to explore how secrets, betrayals and missed connections come close to tearing a family apart. Gale uses detail to build a palpable sense of regret and emotional urgency. His treatment of issues like Alzheimer’s and gay love rises above the trendy and politically correct; his characters are so imperfect they are impossible not to love. If Oprah takes British writers, this is a shoo-in.

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