The latest novel by the author of the much admired "Bridge of Sighs" brings us a heartache story full of humor and insight into this thing called love. One of the two main threads centers around a husband and his wife, their life goals and what happens to them when reality hits. The other one deals with the relationship that parents and their adult children have, whether it be good or bad. The plot moves along briskly and never leaves us wanting. The ending is most satisfactory. — Lorenzo T., System and Online Services
I've read most of Russo's books and am a big fan, but this, while enjoyable, is maybe his weakest novel.
This line from the item details sums it up nicely: "But be careful what you pray for, especially if you manage to achieve it. By the end of this perfectly lovely weekend, the past has so thoroughly swamped the present that the future suddenly hangs in the balance." Love Russo's writing so much - such a talented author. He moves back and forth, past to present, present to past, and as Griffin's memories conflict with his mother's, even the reader is left in doubt as to whose story is the more likely to be true. Nicely done. Really enjoyable read. Definitely character-driven, not plot-driven.
not as easy to read; lost interest
This is my first Russo book . I liked it alot - but find his constant introspection alittle tedious . Regardless , it's a good read
Jack Griffin, son of two academics, looks at his life in the year that will see his parents die, his daughter wed, his own career seem iffy as does his marriage to Joy. What's a guy to do? How does anyone cope with these life-altering events? It seems he'll do just like the rest of us have or will?the best we can given the circumstances and history that's gone before.
Readers who are a certain age with some of Griffin's life experiences behind them are sure to relish this look into a year in someone's life. As with most families we'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll shout and we'll love these flawed people for whatever they may have done to seemingly ?ruin our lives.' It also seemed an elegy to a place and to a writer's life. Good to read at end of summer.
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