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Summary

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

The New York Times best seller.

Meet the Sorenson Family.

Marilyn has somehow fallen into motherhood and spent four decades married to

David, who's pretty certain he loves her more than anyone has ever loved another person.

Wendy, their eldest, a cause for concern, soothes herself with drink after being widowed young,

while Violet, lawyer-turned-stay-at-home-mother, is disturbed by the reappearance of a son placed for adoption 15 years earlier.

Liza, a professor, is pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves

and Grace, their dawdling youngest daughter, lives a lie that no one in her family suspects.

©2019 Claire Lombardo (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Couldn’t get into it at all.

I found the main character irritating beyond belief and couldn’t find any sympathy for her in any capacity. I found the tone of the book self-consciously (smug) middle class and finally gave up after trying several times to get into it but never getting very far.
The narrator was fine. It was the writing I loathed.

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Couldn't Feel It

Some insight but somehow never translating into compelling characterisation leaving the sad and happy events equally emotionally insignificant...Don't know whether the shallowness is the culture or the author's grasp of it.

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Nicely done!

I think this book will have something for everyone. The insights into the family characters were brilliant though I felt it was just a bit too long. Great fun though!

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  • 12-10-20

Wonderful!

I loved this book so much. Great writing, great narrating. Coming from a family of four girls I could relate to a lot of this! It’s about life, love, loss, secrets and loads of stuff in between. I can’t recommend it enough. I make special mention of the narrator who is amazing. Not just her ability to do different genders, ages etc but in the main storytelling part too. She kept what is a long listen very fresh and entertaining.

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  • 27-03-21

Brilliant!

If you like books about families and what makes them tick you will love this!

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Way toooooo long

I switched between the actual book and audiobook but even this was hard slog which was a shame as it started well and after reading some reviews I thought I’d really like it . The story is a family saga in which the characters are fairly well written but nothing great. There is not really a climax or end to the story, I felt I was constantly waiting for something to happen. If this book had been shorter I might have liked it better , it’s a human relationship study story ,it was just long that it just didn’t work it needed something more than basic family life during a 40 year marriage in which nothing really exciting happened to be that long even the so called scandal was underplayed and seemed fairly far fetched. Don’t waste the time with this book.

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A lovely listen

I really enjoyed this book. By the end all the characters felt like family and I was sad to finish.

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Beautifully narrated family saga

Fascinating story tracing the Sorensen family across the decades, brought to life by wonderful narration. I grew to love all of the flawed but strong women in the family. Highly recommended.

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This story enveloped me ......

I loved every sentence of this book! The characters are so well drawn and realistic. The narrator, Laurel Lefkow, is wonderful at bringing the characters to life with her clever voice changes and accents. Thank you Claire Lombardo for writing such an expansive, interesting, beautiful story.