"I have not read Antrim's other books and this one is dysfunctional on the order of Mary Karr or Jeanette Wall (I had no idea who they were either!) but everyone's gotta have a memoir these days and chronicle their crazy parents, so it's all good. Antrim spends a LOT of time going off on tangents and then catching himself and getting back on topic. Precariously endearing in a conversation, but can be downright tiresome in print...over and over again. I liked the story and it is a very fast read, so I gave it 4 stars...at least he didn't maunder on for 500 pages."
"After reading reviews here and on Amazon, I was fully prepared to DESPISE this book. Call it the masochist in me, but I like a challenge sometimes. This book gave no pain at all. A great read; engrossing, heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. I found some parts a little creepy (The 'friend's son' incident) but it reads unpretentiously and satisfyingly. Sebold does a great job of making the reader feel the desperation of the main character without overdoing the suspense. Recommended!"
"I found this a very helpful guide back to the Christian church, myself. Not couched in "charismatic" or "evangelist" language, it is down to earth and really provided a sense of peace while reading it.
(from the back cover)
Struggling with her return to the Christian church after many years away, Kathleen Norris found it was the language of Christianity that most distanced her from faith. Words like "judgement," "faith," "dogma," "salvation," "sinner"--even "Christ"--formed what she called her "scary vocabulary," words that had become so codified or abstract that their meanings were all but impenetrable. She found she had to wrestle with them and make them her own before they could confer their blessings and their grace..."
"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."
"Written by Judge Judy's husband, who is also a judge. This tells about the beginnings of using DNA as evidence during trials. Some of the stories in here will make people CRINGE when they hear about the mistakes that caused critical evidence to be thrown out of court (again and again!) fascinating and easy to read."
"I love a novel where "Everything is connected" in some way...where there is delicious twisted subtle irony in the interactions of the characters. However, this book is not that book. The set up of the story is colorless and plodding, and there was scarce reason to care for anyone, except for a few characters who had departed. The resolution was a strange mixture of predictable and incomprehensible and in the end, there are no real surprises. I was sort of puzzled to see that the author is considering making this the beginning of a series, since the characters were in no way likeable or memorable."
"Very very cute. I wish it weren't Anthony Heald who was narrating this, because he makes the author sound either VERY pompous or an insufferable poof, which I'm pretty sure that he's not. (Not that there is anything wrong with that)I loved the story, though...very charming and sweet."
"An interesting and quick read. It seems slightly autobiographical in a way and the author does state that she grew up in a town quite like the one that the book is set in. I don't think the time period is ever specified, and I couldn't figure it out from any of the descriptions, so I guess that makes this book a "timeless" tale?"
"I really loved this book and got quite caught up in the story. As usual, with Mary McGarry Morris, you have a feeling that the author knows her characters very well in real life, and that the story is being dosed out in equal parts comedy and tragedy. I didn't want it to end, and I sure didn't want it to end like it did. A sequel would make the book totally anticlimactic, but I hate how she kept me wondering!"