"Families and Survivors" was Alice Adams's second novel, and it shows. Written in the mid-70s, it shows. The novel follows four couples, but mainly two childhood best friends, and their various love affairs. There is a lot of sex, mostly with the wrong people, as some commit adultery, or sleep with men twice their age. There is also some spouse-swapping(this is a 7os books after all). And the children of the couples also have their stories as well. The characters are not likable, as characters are awfully neurotic. I wanted to like it, and I was ok with its slow pace, but it disappoited me.