There aren't that many books that I could read and re-read but this is one of them. Frank McCourts account of his family could be told by thousands of people who had lives such as this. Prepare your emotions they will go in all directions.
I call this a low key kind of story. Not a build up to a big moment. Which is not a bad thing. You are enticed to see what comes next. The reader is able to see this families situation directly from each individual. Mr Bentz created such different personalities in the siblings and you see how they fit together. I really liked his format of writing.
Jennifer Haigh sweeps you along effortlessly through time and connects characters, some of which only have being blood relatives, in common. She tells of each separate family members story which go off in all different directions , yet are rooted in one small community. It is thought provoking and you easily care deeply for these people.
The cover of the book and the name evoked a particular time period and maybe a type of story line. The time period was right but the story was so far from what I could have guessed.
It is so interesting. So unique. The places this woman's life went from childhood into mature adulthood make you want to keep rooting for her. It's not frilly or cute, but very serious but not to where you cry.
This might be confusing, but I don't want to give any of the story away. I hate when people tell you the whole story line in a review. It is worth reading. Thought provoking.
Really liked the book. Different countries, different time periods. It's a mystery and you pick up pieces along the way. It could have wrapped up a bit quicker at the end, but I did enjoy it. The descriptions of time, people and places drew you right into the life with the families.
Ms Morrissey does not ease you into her book. Which is good. It's as if you are picked up and placed in the ongoing lives of this small community.
Very different from my life.
The way she described each character in every scene took you to those thoughts and feelings. She is not too wordy but hits the nail on the head.
She left a few avenues open for the next step so it wasn't obvious where the story was going.
I would recommend it.
Jeffery Lent puts you into each skin, as it were, of every character. I found I could justify, empathize, sympathize and almost experience who these people were. From main characters to the background people. I've been transported back to this raw infant America and I can't get enough.
After reading Norah's Children, I was a bit afraid of finding out what happened to Michael. My curiosity won out and I'm glad it did. It's not just a sequel, it completes the story of the whole Kelly Family.
This is a quick read. I was hooked with the first sentence. The topic is and was a horrible reality. The characters are so perfectly laid out. Ann OFarrrell did an incredible job of respecting herself as a writer and we as readers. The story unfolds page by page. I could read 100 books like this.
This book was really unique in the main story line. Bessie thinks and speaks so funny sometimes. I got such a kick out of her. She was really brave and had such a wonderful disposition for the strange new work environment. It was a many layered story and kept you on your toes.
I love when you start reading a book and you feel as though you've stepped into the world of the characters lives in progress. That's how this was, the story line was one I'd never read before and it took you places that could not be guessed. A real adventure.
A teen girl's first experience with sex warped into a lifetime of secrets and shame.
Very worth reading.