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Madam Pince, February 19, 2010 (view all comments by Madam Pince)
Eliza Minot is a talented writer, but her story of the Bramble family just didn't capture my interest. Not her fault; maybe I've read too many novels about multi-generational family life, or am too occupied living a version of this story right now. It wasn't a book for me, but there are many readers who would enjoy Ms. Minot's well-crafted chronicle.
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tmelone, January 25, 2010 (view all comments by tmelone)
This is not an easy book to love. It is slow out of the gate. It is nothing like the beloved, "The Tiny One", but Minot's second effort grows on you, and you are well-rewarded for your patience. This is a wonderful book.
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Minot, Eliza
Vintage Books USA
Married women
Mother and child
Domestic fiction
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400077526 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Minot's graceful, candid novel about the meaning of adulthood and the depth of family attachment follows the three siblings of the titular clan as they face the consequences of their life choices. Margaret is an ambivalent mother of three who relinquished her autonomy and former identity as a hip New Yorker for a suburban life of carpools; Max, a new father, quit his job as an independent film producer but hides the truth from his wife by pretending to go to work every day; depressed, lonely 20-something Edie struggles with singlehood and a newly acquired eating disorder. Now, they must cope with their widowed father, Arthur, who moves into Margaret's home to suffer through the final stages of cancer. There is also the matter of a long-held family secret, revealed, of course, when they least expect it. Minot (Susan's sister and author of The Tiny One) has a refreshing, contemporary voice, and even the most mundane moments — Edie talking to herself in the car, Margaret's daughter dancing on the lawn — contain surprising swells of emotion. As it turns out, the revealed secret is melodramatic and far-fetched, but this novel excels all the same, buoyed up by its quiet conflicts and small, gorgeous glimpses at truth. 40,000 announced first printing; author tour. (July 21)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Minot moves nimbly from one character's consciousness to the next, illustrating the power of family to hurt and to heal....A moving portrait of the ties that bind."
"Review" by , "With its warm portrayal of families and relationships and its unexpected plot twists, Minot's new novel will appeal to a range of fiction audiences....A strong candidate for most collections."
"Review" by , "If Katherine Mansfield had lived to give birth and bury her parents, she would have written The Brambles. This is a luminous and lyrical book; the writing is rich, but slices like a shining blade. Eliza Minot is not afraid to tackle the big subjects: birth and death, as well as love and life. It is a triumph."
"Review" by , "[Minot] delivers such consistently perceptive, even stunning sentences that it's easy to overlook the less than cohesive story and just recline inside the characters’ minds and listen to them think. This novel is imperfect in a way that leaves you marveling at the many things it does right."
"Review" by , "An impressive stylistic leap from her admired first novel....Minot shows that she is not afraid to take risks to tease out from the beautiful bones of her story its marrow of suspense."
"Review" by , "It takes the first third of the novel for Minot to weave her characters together, primarily through dialogue. It's a tricky way to set up a story because, as everyone knows, we are not who we say we are, and we only rarely say what we mean, even to those closest to us. But when a writer pulls it off, as Minot does, the result is rewarding."
"Review" by , "Minot writes radiantly about muddledness: Her prose has the brilliant quality of sharpened detail you experience when you finally get eyeglasses, and that blurred green of the trees turns out to be composed of countless distinct leaves — when the ordinary turns out to be fully extraordinary."
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