Anne Lamott is a wonderful writer, and I have read and loved all her other books. This one suffers from incessant references to church, the bible, prayers, G-d's will, etc-- not that there's anything wrong with that, but they appear disconnected from the story. Perhaps this is an attempt to fit into the category of "Christian fiction"-- which, if you like that genre, you will probably like this book. If you check out the reviews of this book on Amazon you will see a total split among reviewers, where the Christian fiction readers love the book, and almost everyone else hates it.
Even though I experienced this novel as tedious and boring, I still wanted to finish it to see what happened next. The characters were interesting and enjoyable and some of the dialog, when it wasn't between people talking about Christian subjects, was not vapid and formulaic-- but witty and real, as Lamott's other books have been. In this book, it's like Lamott has developed a Christian form of Alzheimer's, and only flashes of herself as a talented writer appear throughout the book.
Lamott's non-fiction, in my opinion, is better, but this fictional work is a good summer read.
Couldn't get into this one. The language alone turned me off.
I like Anne Lamott's writing, but this story leaves much to be desired.
A story full of believable characters and convoluted yet also believable relationships.It is a family emotional drama that bridges a few generations. Those nasty skeletons those-in-the-know bury and those-who-don't-know are determined to uncover are slowly revealed skillfully page by page. People do fall in and out of love, kids do feel insecure about it. Serial monogamy is the wisest course yet it seems difficult for human beings to keep their romances in chronologically socially acceptable order.There is some seriously beautiful writing here. I am glad it was a novel and not my life. I will experience no surprise if this someday becomes a Hallmark Hall of Fame production.