An Ideal Family is the first piece of writing that I've read by popular New Zealand author, Katherine Mansfield (October 18, 1888 - January 9, 1993). What struck me as unique in the story is the theme of alienation and the narrator's eloquent use of conversations and vivid descriptions of old Mr. Neave's household. Despite outsiders' perception of his family as the 'ideal' one, the constant chatter of his children and wife and his success and the tennis parties, he feels alone.
I will not give the story away. It is a beautiful read and certainly different.
(Article by Kabita Sonowal)