I'm just not into the books with tons of descriptions and excess words discussing things completely unrelated to the story. I don't need 3 pages to tell me what color the curtains were. I made it about 10 pages in before I finally gave up. I was so not into this book that I didn't even realize I'd left it behind at a restaurant until a few hours later.
If you enjoy the book versions of books like "White Oleander" you might enjoy this book. Although, I at least finished (and somewhat enjoyed) white Oleander despite all the excess.
The main character is an author and the book spent the entire first chapter detailing her curriculum vitae, story by story and book by book. I thought this was supposed to be about how this family dealt with having their daughter suddenly decide she wanted to live on the street and how it affected them, but in the 3 chapters I read that only seemed to serve as a side note to the main characters narcissism.
A real page turner, couldn't wait to find out the ending, and when I did, it reminded me...........never make assumptions! Great book, by a very talented and gifter writer.
I find Carol Shields to be a talented writer and her interweaving of the heroine's personal story with the characters in the book she is writing is masterful. The mystery of why her 19 year old daughter has chosen to live on the streets of Toronto kept me glued to this book to the last page. I highly recommend it.
First time reading her books......disappointing....found it to be too depressing.
Deeply moving, particularly to a parent.
very interesting look into the lives of everyday people, very well written.
Reta Winters is 44 years old. Suddenly her oldest daughter Norah decides to drop out of college and out of life in general to set on a street corner with a sign around her neck bearing the word "Goodness." The story is Reta's journey in understanding her daughter's world while keeping her other children, house, husband and job going.
This book was ok. I keep waiting for it to "get going". I just wanted more of a story.
A good read...tragic and funny at the same time and a book any mother can relate to with empathy.
This book was depressing to me even after hearing high praise about this author. Her style was a little slow in character development and even seemed whiny at times. Perhaps you need to be in "that" emotional place for this book to resonate. Others who I know have read it found it satisfying.
Just couldn't get into it. Not my type I guess.
Very entertaining read. From the Pulitzer Prize author of The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields
I enjoyed reading this novel!
Reta Winters, 44 yr old successful author of light summertime fiction, has always considered herself happy, even blessed. That is, until her oldest daughter Norah mysteriously drops out of college and becomes a panhandler on a Toronto street corner--silent, with a sign around her neck bearing the word "Goodness".This national bestseller, by the author of the Stone Diaries, it insightful, entertaining and a fun journey.
Underlining on four or five pages, otherwise excellent condition. Cover is clean. Includes bookgroup discussion questions.