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Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
Author: Ayelet Waldman
In the opening scene of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Ayelet Waldman's compelling and artfully drawn new novel, Emilia Greenleaf is making her way through Central Park on her way to pick up her stepson, William, from daycare. The park, her refuge since childhood, holds the solitude she craves -- if only she can make it past the playgro...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781400095131
ISBN-10: 1400095131
Publication Date: 1/9/2007
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
I didn't expect to like this book after having read some bad reviews, but I really liked it. There was a realness to the story, it wasn't sugar coated, which I thought was wonderful! The characters were believable and I cared about them, Emilia especially. I may not be a stepmother myself, but I really felt for her. This is a very good novel and I highly recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 3
I couldn't put this book down. Well written and believable prose from the narrator. The characters were authentic and lovable- even through their shocking flaws. I am not sure how I feel about the ending- maybe a little too clean. If you'd like to read a book about real life and the trials of love and other impossible pursuits, then read this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
Ayelet Waldman writes about very human characters, with all of their talents and faults. They are not always likable, but are always interesting. The story will keep you turning the pages. The issues: step-parenting, grief, adultery, love, will keep you thinking. And the Manhattan setting, Upper East and Upper West side, Central Park, is an essential part of the book.
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Helpful Score: 2
Ehhh.... This book was a little annoying - entertaining, I suppose, but books centered around a bitter, grieving person are not really as sustainable as this one made itself out to be. Also, it seemed very drenched in New York... and I felt outside of its targeted audience, simply because I have never lived there. And the "precocious" 5-year old was UTTERLY UNBELIEVABLE. It wasn't quite girlie enough to qualify as Chick Lit, and, frankly, not good enough to qualify as Literary Fiction. Still, it was somewhat engaging and was certainly a fast read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Waldman is such a good writer! She took a subject that always frustrates me and taught so many lessons from it. I couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting.
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Emilia Greenleaf (Primary Character)
William Soule Woolf (Primary Character)
Jack Woolf (Major Character)
Carolyn Soule (Average Character)

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