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Families are the nuclei of nations, which explains why nations frequently deal with their disputes by going to war. The concept of the happy family is all too often more imaginative than real. Parents bicker, as do siblings. Fathers and mothers stray. Children have bad friends. 

The Patchwork Marriage by Jane Green, 400 pages 2012 Michael Joseph paperback. Available at Asia Books and leading bookshops, 595 baht

To be sure there are some ideal, happy families. I meet one or two a decade and I do look. A game I play with myself is to rearrange the matches _ this dad with that mum, this sister or brother with that one. After all, can my matches be worse than the actual ones?

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