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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

Critic reviews

"A gripping and poignant ode to a messy, loving family in all its glory." (Madeline Miller)

"A moving, immersive, often very funny study of family and sisterhood."(Sunday Times)

!Like Meg Wolitzer. A forensic dissection of family past and present, I loved it. If you like reading about relationships, this one is for you." (Pandora Sykes)

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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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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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Enjoyed listening

Confusing at the beginning with all the different characters and jumping timelines, I needed to look up online who was who, however it was a good story about relationships and families.

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so boring and reader had an irritating voice

so boring and reader had an irritating voice. no characters were likeable. 0/10 do not bother

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A thoughtful and fun read

Loved the depth and authenticity of each character. A great read from start to finish

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Quite long but enjoyable

I found the book a bit long winded and way too much swearing which I found unnecessary. But well written.

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Great

This was my kind of story, I loved it.

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Lovely but a bit too slow

I enjoyed seeing the characters evolve across t years but I think it was a bit slow. Same plot could have been squeezed into less pages/minutes.