One-minute review: A group of people, adults and children, on a safari in
Africa. The gimmick in this story is that as they interact and reveal their personalities, the author tells what will happen in the future to the family of Lou, the father, Mindy, his mistress, and Charlene (age 14) and Rolph (age 12), their children. To them, this safari is the starting point of their lives: “…she’ll think longingly of this trip to Africa as the last perfect moment of her life, when she still had a choice, when she was free and unencumbered.” p. 73.
The New Yorker. January 11, 2010.