06-06-2012 10:24 PM
It is a novel about an american family with three children, an older sister and two younger brothers. I think the book was broken into sections, one about them growing up, one about them as adults, and then a third sort of conclusion. The younger brother commits some kind of crime and gets sent to live with his uncle. He later becomes a boxer, bounces around a bit, has a son, and then ends up working as a sailor in the mediteranean (some european sea?) and then dies of a stroke or aneurysm right before he gets married. The sister had an affair with a rich guy, then moved to the city, eventually got married to some guy involved with hollywood, and I think she had a son as well. The older brother, who is the main character, is smart, diligent, and goes to school paid for by his boss at a local store. He graduates college and goes to work as a manager of the store and builds it into a huge corporation. The older brother and sister are in europe for the younger brother's wedding when he dies, and they realize that he was the only one in the family who had actually been happy.
The novel was set in the 20th century sometime, either 1920s or post-word war two. And I feel like the title was the family name or something, but I'm not sure.