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"Striking and spirited in its presentation, this short, rapid-fire novel reads like a hymn to the travails of love and work, marriage and babies, illness and sex, sexism and the '60s, Revlon and Bergdorf's....Exquisitely perceptive and a little bit catty, Hill's novel goes down in one smooth, satisfying gulp." Wade Edwards, The Virginia Quarterly Review (read the entire VQR review)

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A distinctive portrait of a 1960s marriage by debut novelist Robert Hill.

Eight years and four jobs and five pregnancies and meetings and train schedules and formula and diapers and deadlines and clients and mortgage and croup and a revolving door of baby nurses and Dan stagnating in that civilian job I convinced him to take when the Air Force wanted him back for Korea of all things, they got Elvis, they didn't need Dan, a man of his age, for crying out loud, and after what they did to him in that hospital upstate...

It is the early 1960s, and Myrmy stubs her toe in the predawn hours on her way to soothe her infant son, cursing the latest nurse for not waking up, again. Dressed to the nines, it is Myrmy who is off to an executive position writing advertising copy for shampoo. Her husband, Dan, who fought in two wars, sells ties and cooks dinner. A Jewish couple living in an exclusive suburb of New York, Myrmy powers through her life in high heels and Dan silently suffers the mysterious aftereffects of a radiation experiment conducted by the military. Together they raise a family.

Robert Hill offers a distinctive and breathless portrayal of an ordinary, and extraordinary, marriage told through the alternating voices of husband and wife. When All Is Said and Done is steeped in an era, but the anatomy of a marriage — comprised of humor, fear, love, and vulnerability — resonates through the ages.

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"A tightly crafted, emotionally resonant debut novel set in the 1950s and '60s skims the upwardly mobile lives of an unconventional Jewish family on the far edges of the New York suburbs. When Madison Avenue advertising executive Myrmy moves her growing family out of Brooklyn, she is directed away from the Waspy Charmington, Conn., to the less restrictive Eastly — for 'people like you,' the realtor advises. Thus begins an ambivalent life on Pink Cloud Lane for prefeminist working mother Myrmy, her steady GI husband, Dan (whose lungs were damaged in army radiation experiments), three sons hard-won after several miscarriages, and the indispensable nanny in nurse's whites. Hectic household rhythms and run-ins with the goyishe neighbors Ed and Mary Fence and their six daughters provide some comic relief until illness disrupts married life for Myrmy and Dan, who alternately narrate the novel. Myrmy weathers promotions and pneumonia, while Dan suffers from a burned-out thyroid and suddenly dies. With evocative, freewheeling prose ('the run-on sentences that were her married life'), Hill, an ad copywriter himself, nimbly salvages one family's striving from an era of grasping and consumerism." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"[A] breakneck, wisecracking, tenderhearted, socially revealing portrait of an unusual early 1960s American marriage....Hill writes with velocity, rhythm, and wit...creating a bravura and resounding performance." Booklist

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"When All Is Said and Done captures the sad, brilliant truth of how short life is, how ordinary and rich, and most of all how so much of it is beyond our control." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

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"[I]n flitting seamlessly from the mundane details of daily life to broader questions of love, family, priorities and death, the author has created a startlingly realistic depiction of the way the mind functions. Not for everyone, but undeniably impressive and well executed." Kirkus Reviews

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"I read it in a single sitting — the writing is wonderful, rich, evocative and truly unique. Hill's novel is strong for all that it does say, and all that it leaves to the reader's imagination. There's something poetic in the best of ways about the way that the lines and language unfold. This book reminds me of Cheever and Yates and a young Rick Moody." A. M. Homes, author of This Book Will Save Your Life

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"From the first glorious sentence to its last astounding word, Robert Hill's When All Is Said and Done is a treasure. The sophisticated wit and luxurious language of this brilliant novel weave a story of one family's complex heart and history and their journey through 1950s/60s suburban Connecticut and all its prejudices. Read this American saga and weep." Tom Spanbauer, author of Now Is the Hour

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"What's extraordinary about Robert Hill's lyrical and lovely debut novel, When All Is Said and Done, is that he finds the poetry in ordinary, everyday life — marriage, family, work, pain, beauty, awe." Helen Schulman, author of P.S.

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When All Is Said and Done is steeped in an era, but the anatomy of a marriage — comprised of humor, fear, love, and vulnerability — resonates through the ages.

Synopsis:

A distinctive portrait of a 1960s marriage by debut novelist Robert Hill

Eight years and four jobs and five pregnancies and meetings and train schedules and formula and diapers and deadlines and clients and mortgage and croup and a revolving door of baby nurses and Dan stagnating in that civilian job I convinced him to take when the Air Force wanted him back for Korea of all things, they got Elvis, they didnt need Dan, a man of his age, for crying out loud, and after what they did to him in that hospital upstate . . .

It is the early 1960s, and Myrmy stubs her toe in the predawn hours on her way to soothe her infant son, cursing the latest nurse for not waking up, again. Dressed to the nines, it is Myrmy who is off to an executive position writing advertising copy for shampoo. Her husband, Dan, who fought in two wars, sells ties and cooks dinner. A Jewish couple living in an exclusive suburb of New York, Myrmy powers through her life in high heels and Dan silently suffers the mysterious aftereffects of a radiation experiment conducted by the military. Together they raise a family.

Robert Hill offers a distinctive and breathless portrayal of an ordinary, and extraordinary, marriage told through the alternating voices of husband and wife. When All Is Said and Done is steeped in an era, but the anatomy of a marriage—comprised of humor, fear, love, and vulnerability—resonates through the ages.

About the Author

Robert Hill has been writing advertising copy for movies for more than twenty years. He has also written grants for not-for-profit organizations. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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While I expected a period piece about growing up in the 60's in the train suburbs for Manhattan, I discovered a truly delightful novel about love, marriage, family, children and the complexities that are wrapped into that mix. Mr. Hills prose can be both break neck fast as well as truly tender as he describes the family and the people that swirl around them. I really loved this book and my only disappointment was reaching the end and wanting more.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781555974428
Author:
Hill, Robert
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Working mothers
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
March 21, 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7.81 x 5.83 x 0.915 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A tightly crafted, emotionally resonant debut novel set in the 1950s and '60s skims the upwardly mobile lives of an unconventional Jewish family on the far edges of the New York suburbs. When Madison Avenue advertising executive Myrmy moves her growing family out of Brooklyn, she is directed away from the Waspy Charmington, Conn., to the less restrictive Eastly — for 'people like you,' the realtor advises. Thus begins an ambivalent life on Pink Cloud Lane for prefeminist working mother Myrmy, her steady GI husband, Dan (whose lungs were damaged in army radiation experiments), three sons hard-won after several miscarriages, and the indispensable nanny in nurse's whites. Hectic household rhythms and run-ins with the goyishe neighbors Ed and Mary Fence and their six daughters provide some comic relief until illness disrupts married life for Myrmy and Dan, who alternately narrate the novel. Myrmy weathers promotions and pneumonia, while Dan suffers from a burned-out thyroid and suddenly dies. With evocative, freewheeling prose ('the run-on sentences that were her married life'), Hill, an ad copywriter himself, nimbly salvages one family's striving from an era of grasping and consumerism." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Striking and spirited in its presentation, this short, rapid-fire novel reads like a hymn to the travails of love and work, marriage and babies, illness and sex, sexism and the '60s, Revlon and Bergdorf's....Exquisitely perceptive and a little bit catty, Hill's novel goes down in one smooth, satisfying gulp." (read the entire VQR review)
"Review" by , "[A] breakneck, wisecracking, tenderhearted, socially revealing portrait of an unusual early 1960s American marriage....Hill writes with velocity, rhythm, and wit...creating a bravura and resounding performance."
"Review" by , "When All Is Said and Done captures the sad, brilliant truth of how short life is, how ordinary and rich, and most of all how so much of it is beyond our control."
"Review" by , "[I]n flitting seamlessly from the mundane details of daily life to broader questions of love, family, priorities and death, the author has created a startlingly realistic depiction of the way the mind functions. Not for everyone, but undeniably impressive and well executed."
"Review" by , "I read it in a single sitting — the writing is wonderful, rich, evocative and truly unique. Hill's novel is strong for all that it does say, and all that it leaves to the reader's imagination. There's something poetic in the best of ways about the way that the lines and language unfold. This book reminds me of Cheever and Yates and a young Rick Moody."
"Review" by , "From the first glorious sentence to its last astounding word, Robert Hill's When All Is Said and Done is a treasure. The sophisticated wit and luxurious language of this brilliant novel weave a story of one family's complex heart and history and their journey through 1950s/60s suburban Connecticut and all its prejudices. Read this American saga and weep."
"Review" by , "What's extraordinary about Robert Hill's lyrical and lovely debut novel, When All Is Said and Done, is that he finds the poetry in ordinary, everyday life — marriage, family, work, pain, beauty, awe."
"Synopsis" by , When All Is Said and Done is steeped in an era, but the anatomy of a marriage — comprised of humor, fear, love, and vulnerability — resonates through the ages.
"Synopsis" by ,
A distinctive portrait of a 1960s marriage by debut novelist Robert Hill

Eight years and four jobs and five pregnancies and meetings and train schedules and formula and diapers and deadlines and clients and mortgage and croup and a revolving door of baby nurses and Dan stagnating in that civilian job I convinced him to take when the Air Force wanted him back for Korea of all things, they got Elvis, they didnt need Dan, a man of his age, for crying out loud, and after what they did to him in that hospital upstate . . .

It is the early 1960s, and Myrmy stubs her toe in the predawn hours on her way to soothe her infant son, cursing the latest nurse for not waking up, again. Dressed to the nines, it is Myrmy who is off to an executive position writing advertising copy for shampoo. Her husband, Dan, who fought in two wars, sells ties and cooks dinner. A Jewish couple living in an exclusive suburb of New York, Myrmy powers through her life in high heels and Dan silently suffers the mysterious aftereffects of a radiation experiment conducted by the military. Together they raise a family.

Robert Hill offers a distinctive and breathless portrayal of an ordinary, and extraordinary, marriage told through the alternating voices of husband and wife. When All Is Said and Done is steeped in an era, but the anatomy of a marriage—comprised of humor, fear, love, and vulnerability—resonates through the ages.

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