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About this Item trade paper no markings light shelf wear spine good binding good. About this title Synopsis: It's the summer of in Atkinson, Vermont. Leaves a memory on the heart that isn't easily forgotten.
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Dec 29, Susan rated it it was amazing. Some might call it a page tome. I loved every word.
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In hundreds of mini-chapters, Morris takes readers to the summer of in small-town Atkinson, Vermont, where readers meet Marie Fermoyle, a divorced mother of three, along with her neighbors, her ex-in-laws, her boss, a variety of other townpeople — and, most significantly, Omar Duvall, a man without a shred of honesty. But this is a family unsure where the next dime is coming from…much less college tuition.
So much of who we turn out to be in life depends on our families, our friends, our towns, how we grew up. I found myself hoping against hope that this family and these children would turn out okay in the end even though they seem doomed from the beginning. Enter Dr. Phil…perhaps in … Oprah. Feb 24, Blair rated it did not like it.
I started a book club once and this was the book that we started with. It was awful. We all struggled through it and I think only three of us finished it. There were threats not to come back and I was banned from picking any further reading material for the group. Nothing happy, nothing good, just a pathetic mess of characters making poor choices. I'm all about poor choices - I make my fair share of them. But I try to learn from them and move forward.
No forward movement in this book. Everyone w I started a book club once and this was the book that we started with.
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Everyone was stuck, even the peripheral characters. It made me want to either drink or off myself. Maybe both, as one may lead to the next. Sep 27, Stephanie rated it really liked it. The characters in this novel are facing bleak prospects, their plights hard and long I hesistantly picked it up - pages of bleakness is what I first thought.
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What can I say, I've read enough of Oprah's picks to know that sometimes the journey she's recommended I embark on will leave me with feelings of hopelessness. But altogether it was not a bad read Despite what sounds like a negative review, I enjoyed the author's narrative style and perceptiveness Benjy, the littlest of the Fermoyles the prinicipal cahracters of the book The mom's character is heart-breaking Jul 25, Debbie Mcafee rated it really liked it.
I actually ended up liking this book although it ended abruptly. It reminded me a lot of Carson McCullers or even a little Flannery O'Connor or Faulkner-like -- because it's a collection of these misfits the focus is on a family, but we also get glimpses of all the characters in this town. They're all so pitiful, lost, eccentric, etc.
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It took me a long time to read the book, however. I could only read about 25 pages a day, but I kept reading because I couldn't figure out how it would all I actually ended up liking this book although it ended abruptly. I could only read about 25 pages a day, but I kept reading because I couldn't figure out how it would all end. I knew that there was no escape for these people and that their mundane lives would just continue on so I was intrigued how the author would wrap it up. The book's a little depressing. I would recommend it as a good read -- It was an Oprah book several years ago and I had bought it and stuck it on my shelf.
Would love to chat with someone about it. Feb 08, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , historical. Connected with those around us, however, life is anything but ordinary. Nov 07, Heather Lapinsky rated it it was ok. Not a favorite. Every single one of these characters continually made the worst possible decisions at every opportunity. It became increasingly absurd that no one seemed to ever learn from their mistakes or to even recognize that their own poor decisions were to blame for their misery.
The con-man was written very well- he came off as sleazy and slimy as he should have been. All of the characters were written really solidly, to be honest. It was just the constant, unfailing, pick-the-worst-choice Not a favorite. It was just the constant, unfailing, pick-the-worst-choice-possible plot device that drove me nuts.
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Apr 03, Blessedutopia rated it did not like it. I'm cheating by putting this in my read shelf. I read I've never been so bored and unmotivated to read anything for "pleasure" in my life. I'd prefer a root canal Jul 12, Jenny Boyce rated it liked it. Really well written but super depressing.
Took me a long time to finish but it was like watching a train wreck and I couldn't stop. Feb 10, Carol rated it did not like it. An Oprah book! I have finally arrived at the point that I can say this has nothing to give me that will improve me and walk away. Sep 05, Ali Lafferty rated it liked it. Yikes, what a sad book. Sometimes the prose didn't really hold my attention, but this was one of those books where you have very strong emotions about all of the characters of which there are many and that emotion is predominantly pity.
After banging my head into a wall for pages, I can now move onto something lighter--both weight-wise and theme-wise. Mar 06, Harriett Milnes rated it did not like it Shelves: abandoned , 1-orstars. For some reason, when I started this book, I checked out what other readers thought on Goodreads. I don't usually do that, hoping to make my own decision about the book.
But this book had a somewhat low rating 3. It seemed as if every review said: it is an incredibly depressing novel and it is an Oprah's Book Club book and she only picks incredibly depressing books.
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