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The Jarretts have always believed themselves to be ordinary people but after a their firstborn son Jordan Buck Jarrett drowns and their second born son Conrad attempts suicide their whole world is turned upside-down When Conrad comes home from his mental institution he feels that things have changed Conrads relationship with his parents has changed The relationship that Conrad has with his parents change throughout the novel and are shaky all the way to the last page When Conrad first comes home he has an awkward relationship with both of his parents He believes that his father is watching his every move checking for signals While it is true that both parents love Conrad they both have different ways of showing their love Conrads father worries about him more than his mother does Cal believes that communication will help heal the wounds while Beth wants to leave the past behind In a conversation with psychiatrist Dr Berger Conrad is asked who does most of the worrying and he answers My father mostly This is his idea When asked about his mother he says Shes-I dont know shes not a worrier Clearly Conrad thinks that his mother doesnt care about him Conrad also goes on later to say My mother and I do not connect Conrads father does most of the worrying because he blames himself for Conrads suicide attempt Though the logical part of Cals brain tells him it wasnt his fault he still believes that he should have paid more attention to Conrad Conrads mother Beth on the other hand thinks that Cal worries too much about Conrad Beth thinks that Conrad is just trying to hurt her Conrad tells Beth that he would tell her more about him if he thought she gave a damn Conrad tells Beth that he thinks she is the one trying to hurt him Conrad finally releases all of his emotions when his mother confronts him about his
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