Imaginative and thought-provoking. While others may have found it less so, I enjoyed it for being so different. One line stood out for me in this book: "Missing can make a day take forever to end; remembering, though, can make it fly." If I had one suggestion to improve it, it would have been that the last part of the book which takes place above-ground I would have wished took up the whole of the last half the book instead of a smaller segment.
Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish--Holocaust survivors living invented lives. Not even their names were their own. A powerful memoir. Two sisters piece together the painful story.
Really? It started out beautifully written and continued to interest me all the way to the 'almost end.' Then it becomes bizarre, unbelievable and loses all the good writing of the other 2/3..just a mishmash of 'oh here's the answer to the mystery'--oh no I thought of a better one, here's answer #2--oh no? well...here's....
I admired and like Barbara Bush and I liked her even more after reading her memoir. She wrote it herself and it's a beautiful reflection of her personality and the way she thinks. "Known for her wit, honesty and compassion, Barbara Bush, in this fascinating autobiograhy candidly talks about her life. Warm, funny and touching.
Great book-- super fun read. In the very beginning, I was suspect--thinking, 'what kind of story is this?' but once it takes off, you are completely captivated and enchanted by all the great characters and definitely want to find out how it ends. A super love story to boot: of a man and woman, of an adopted father to a found son, of two men as lifetime partners. The addition of all that is within hearing, of life and music only makes the book that much better.
He was a consummate writer--this book has very very well developed characters, plot and descriptions of everything if you slow down long enough to really really read them, are wonderful. Found myself going back pages when I was reading too fast because I realized I was missing the whole, round 'sense' of a scene he set up with incredible descriptions that made you feel like you were right there. The subtlety of how deeply he understood each of the characters was impressive.
If you've never read the A.B. Guthrie books from 1940-1950 era, you are really missing out. He wrote several outstanding westerns that just top anything I've ever read since in Westerns. He was a beautiful writer, with that 'well-written word' I so love. The forward in this book was by Wallace Stegner, and that's saying a lot because Stegner was a phenomenal writer in his own right. Read A.B. Guthrie's westerns slowly and absorb his incredible ability to describe the surroundings, the feel of everything, the beauty of that time. The plots are fun but honestly it's the writing I feel the most in love with. Yes, he's got great characters and it's fun to follow their paths, but oh don't miss the beauty of the writing and prose. Historical fiction big-time.
A historical murder mystery set in 1930's--it was an excellent historical murder mystery if you like slower-paced, one-clue at a time style---had excellent well-developed characters. I did! I wasn't looking for the 'thriller'--but for the feel of the history of the period within the murder mystery. That it did an excellent job of and I enjoyed it for several evenings curled up in a chair.
Oh my. Her first 4-5 books were wonderful; I was a true fan. Anything since then is dreadful. I've reached the point I think I need to say she needs to quit writing and do something else. She is living only on dumb people buying the next book who are HOPING against hope this one will be like her very first. This one was really ridiculous. Page upon page of describing driving from one place to another, meals and refrigerator #1 and #2, mental thoughts no one was interested in and worst of all--I swear I read the whole book---at the end the killer identified in last few pages when she said 'I recognized the voice' and she names him--I could not even REMEMBER as a CHARACTER brought out in the book. I was so stunned I went back and tried to find anywhere the man was even mentioned and gave up. I started laughing at myself for being foolish enough to try once more one of her books. Enough. Boring, boring, skip all the driving, conversation, your menus and your likes/dislikes and give us gut wrenching spellbinding story. It's like she tries to write her own personality into the story: egotist, pompous---picky about food (what a name dropper on the food arena, and refrigerator 1 and 2? Absurd.
It opened like loose spaghetti, just didn't seem to hang together and I was thinking of putting it down..then somewhere along the line early in the book I 'got it' and what it was about. A really tightly-written book about the creation and keeping of lifetime friendship and love. The characters were all great, the plot within a plot terrific and interesting, well paced, and it wrapped up beautifully in the end.