Book Reviews of The Art of Mending

The Art of Mending
The Art of Mending
Author: Elizabeth Berg
ISBN-13: 9780812970982
ISBN-10: 0812970985
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 187 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
Siblings in the same family often have completely different experiences while growing up. One child may be favored more, another might be abused. But would it be possible for one child to be abused without the other siblings knowing about it? Imagine the shock of having a sibling accuse your parents of abuse 40 years after it supposedly occured. How would you know whether to believe it or not?
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Helpful Score: 9
I loved this book. It's the first book by Elizabeth Berg that I've read and I definitely will read more. This book hit home with me because it involves siblings struggling to come to terms with the secrets and disfunctionality of their childhoods. For instance, one sister continues to live in the past, one wants to stay in the present, etc. It's a wonderful read for anyone wanting to gain more insight into the psychological aspects of family relationships.
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Helpful Score: 8
Elizabeth Berg has the rare ability to paint human relationships so vividly that you feel as if you are IN the book. She brings to life characters that you can identify with... people that could be next to you at the post office, your next door neighbor, your own family. It is hard to read this book and not come away thinking about your own relationships (the good and the bad).
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Helpful Score: 5
I haven't read anything in a long time about which I could say that I wished I could give it more than 5 stars, but this is definitely one of those times. Elizabeth Berg reminds me a little of Anne Tyler in her painstaking description of the family in this story. She doesn't make any one character totally a 'good guy' or totally a 'bad guy' like many authors do. Each character has obvious gifts and flaws in differing measures. This wound up being a very fast read, since there is no way I wanted to put it down. Now I have to start getting ALL of Berg's books.
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This was definitely an interesting book, although I can't say I loved it. It did keep me reading straight through until the end, which is a sign of a good book, but it didn't leave me with that "I just read a wonderful book" feeling when I was done.
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Helpful Score: 3
I picked up this book because of its good reviews, but I found myself disappointed at the end. I agree with the reviewer who liked the beginning and found the follow-through lacking. It has great potential at the start - an interesting notion about siblings planning to work out some old, mysterious issues - but the as the action played out, I found the story to be less dramatic, less interesting. I even found myself annoyed by the dialogue in the end - and with the subplots that don't seem to have any finalization. Don't think I can recommend this one...
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Helpful Score: 2
Relationships, family dysfunction, and the drama of childhood memories shared with siblings. This is a good emotional story, everyone can relate to the characters. Makes you stop and think about your own life and family.
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Helpful Score: 2
After everything I have heard about this author, I found it disappointing. Compelling beginning, but never quite made it.
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Well-written. Two sisters come to terms with a mother who was abusive to one, but not the other.
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A woman in my office recommended this author to me, so I ordered a copy from paperbackswap.com. I read it in one night. Elizabeth Berg is such a good writer, and so insightful that this quiet, sad, domestic novel sang. I highly recommend it.
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I enjoyed the family drama of this book. Everyone thinks their family has cornered the market on family angst and dysfunction, this showed a family working through it.
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Helpful Score: 2
I love all of Elizabeth Berg's books, especially her handling of family dynamics. This one is no exception.
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Helpful Score: 1
It is hard to go wrong with Elizabeth Berg. This one makes you think.
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Dealings with siblings- and the mystery of families. Laura has to deal with a confontation from her "black sheep" sister Caroline, allegations against her mother. How can siblings grow up in the same house to have such different experiences?
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Very well-written book! You won't be able to put it down once you start it!
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I love this author and this book doesn't disappoint. Lovely insights from a quilter's perspective. Very interesting and intricate family goings on!
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Elizabeth Berg always pleases, and this book met my expectations from Berg. The dives deep into the complexities of family and the secrets we often share.
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A great read...don't all families have secrets? Even from each other... this made me examine my memories in relationship to my brother.
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Good read, not one of her best, but I still enjoyed it.
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awesome awesome awesome- one of her bests
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I just loved this story. I loved the way that characters had their own foibles, the way that they did not always say the right thing at the right time, and the way that there is, finally, a sort of mending for them. I understood the characters and their actions and reactions -- this a deeply mature look at a family in trouble. It is unusual to read a Berg book that focuses so much on the dark side of humanity, but this is not to be missed.
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Easy read. Very talented writer. I couldn't make myself care much about the main character at first, but in the end I understood where the author was going and how all the characters were woven together. Recommended reading.
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Great book! Quick read!
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I usually love Elizabeth Berg's books but I couldn't get into this one for some reason. It was good...but not great in my opinion.
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Great book - unusual, but incredibly well written. The lead character vacillates from likable to frustrating. The characters are believable, some sympathetic and some just pathetic. I see a movie in this book's future, although I thought the ending was a bit abrupt for the information gleaned. I recommend reading this book.
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Great book!
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Loved this well written sibbling story which really hit home.
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Slow book at times but overall a good book.
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I love everything by this author and this was no exception. Sometimes I had trouble getting out of the car as I wanted to hear what was next.
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Be aware that the main character is not the most likable person. I would hope most of us would be more caring and helpful to a sibling in distress. It takes courage for an author to create an unsympathetic main character.
But listen to this: "I think it's good to take the time to fix something rather than throw it away. It's an antidote to wastefulness and to the need for immediate gratification. ... If you're careful, the repair can actually add to the beauty of the thing, because it is a testimony to its worth."
Is that great writing, or what?
LOVED the book for its insight and beautifully drawn characters.
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This is a story of grown-up siblings coming together and confronting, at one sister's insistence, the childhood in which one sister always seemed to be left out or put down. Each one has their own version of shared occasions, and it isn't easy for them to see the others' viewpoints. At some point, they realize that the shadows in their memories tell a different story than what they prefer to remember. Elizabeth Berg is a great writer, and I recommend this book.
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As beautifully written as any Berg book, with her trademark vividness of word pictures. Tough subject and sometimes hard to keep going but worth the effort.
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A story about family secrets and how damaging it can be to keep them for a long time. The novel also reminds us of the power of love and forgiveness.
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Our book club read this book and we all enjoyed it. We had a great discussion.
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This was a great book and easy read
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Another great book from this author. a true page turner.
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I enjoyed this Elizabeth Berg book and have always enjoyed her writings. The book doesn't drag you down through too much of the characters emotions. Yet you find yourself forming opinions of the main characters and wonder how you would react to the same news.
In her books, are scattered mentions of things, that remind me of my own childhood. Whether it is a toy, old TV program or event like in this case going to the state fair. And there is a comfort in knowing that someone else took note of the same inconsequential things and actually put them down on paper.
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Elizabeth Berg is an amazing author who inspires readers as she weaves her beautiful words. Her characters in The Art of Mending truly tell a story of a "real" family, coming together in love to solve difficult problems .
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Predictable and boring. Wouldn't try another of her books based on this one.
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Excellent read ! Typical Elizabeth Berg... insightful, soul searching, family drama...I could liken many of the characters to my real life family... A good read.
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It's another excellent book written by Elizabeth Berg. Berg just has a wonderful way of writing about women's issues and how they're handled. Definitely a "woman's" writer.
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I found The Art of Mending, by Elizabeth Berg to be a different type of "family" story- interesting and a very quick read.
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I enjoy most of Elizabeth Berg's books. This one is very good and I like the characters very much. If the characters are interesting and I want to turn continue to turn the pages to see what is going to happen next, I am satisfied with the book. I wouldn't read it again as I have a couple of her other books (Talk Before Sleep and Open House), but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
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I love Elizabeth Berg and this was really good as always! And it is a wonderful book, I enjoyed the audio far more than the actual "hand held" paper version. This is unabridged
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Read by Joyce Bean. 5 audio cassettes. Approx. 6 hours. Unabridged.
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Elizabeth Berg is amazing. She can write such endearing stories!
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A well-written and thought-provoking offering from Berg. What do you do when your sister, the one you always avoided and thought was so strange, comes to you as an adult and claims she was emotionally abused by your mother? How to handle it, who to believe?
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I requester this book as a gift and had it mailed directly to the recipient as a "surprise"

The recipient loved the book and enjoys the author.
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Great story. Very intense.
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Interesting, but just does not carry it it off to my satisfaction. A little too scattered for my taste. Good concept though...
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This novel probes the effect that secrets have on the various members of a family in typical Elizabeth Berg fashion.
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My daughter loved this book.
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Not the "standard" E. Berg novel - but still a very good read!
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A quick, gentle & powerful read.
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As soon as she arrives for the annual family reunion, Laura Bartone realizes that something is terribly wrong with her sister. When Caroline confronts Laura and their brother, Steve, with devastating allegations about their mother, the three are forced to face the past, their own culpability, and their common need for love and forgiveness. This is another lovely novel from Elizabeth Berg in which she examines how some families grasp blindly at the ties that hold them together, and some pick them apart.
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I really enjoyed reading this one.
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Quite the gripping novel with a good twist at the end. Some good quilter's quotes and great family drama
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Fast read, I liked it!
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This is about families and the dangers involved in what is happening within a family group.
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Very good, quick read, about family secrets and what happens to the entire family when they come out.
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Another terrific (and short) story by Elizabeth Berg. Family relations are always the most intriguing...
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Really enjoyed this book, thankfully my own mother was not off this genre but it makes for a thought provoking read
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I read this book twice--which I seldom ever do. Berg seems to get inside the characters heads, and does a great job explaining their feelings.
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Good book to read in the summer.
Likeable characters and good story line.
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This was a very well written story that took you into the heart and soul of one family. Their issues unfold from the viewpoint of one sibling as she learns something shocking that she never knew existed.

It's pretty good and I'd recommend it.
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WAITING TO SEE WHAT WAS THE SECRET IN THIS FAMILY WAS THE BEST PART. IT WAS'T SO HORRIBLE THAT IT SCARRED THE READER. BEST QUOTE FROM THE BOOK "SEX IS THE GLUE IN MARRIAGE"
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Excellent book by an excellent author. Elizabeth Berg captures the essence of personal relationships like very few authors I've read.
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I really enjoyed this book. Fast read.
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Excellent book, my first Berg but not my last! highly recommend...
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One of Berg's best! Loved it!
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Another great book by Berg!
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This was an awesome book. Very quick read and very intersting subject. I would read something else from Elizabeth Berg in a heartbeat.

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Three siblings growing up in the same house but with different views. But a sudden misfortune will lead them all to face the past, their own culpability; and their common need for love and forgiveness.
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This is the story of two women who ae best friends. One is dying of cancer the other is helping her get through it. Although not really a part of the plot, I was struck by the generousity of the husband who allowed the friend to spend so much time without complaining.
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enjoyable book exploring family bonds withstanding adversity and time
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I really enjoyed this book. It kept me reading till the end. 4/5 stars.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book- it is emotionally riveting but light enough that you can read it on an airplane (I did) and while watching Hannah Montana with your kids. I love the story and the twist at the end. Well worth the read!
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Great story. Loved this book. All of Berg's novels are wonderful.
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This was a very warm, sensitive book recounting the life of a new widow and her move to a new town very soon after she loses her husband. She develops many interesting relationships as she works her way through her grief.-----------Disregard this---should be on A Year of Pleasures.