Martha, Clio, and Jocasta meet by chance at Heathrow airport in 1985 as they are starting off on separate backpacking adventures, and they decide to spend the first few days of their trips together in Thailand. When they go their separate ways, they vow to get together in London the following year. One of them, however, harbors a terrible secret: on her return from her pre-college excursion, she abandoned her just-born daughter at Heathrow.
I have been 100% absorbed in this book, it deals with real life issues and a wide range of people and their day to day drama's. I completely lost track of my own life, and as this book ended, I lost a friend.
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Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.
This book went with me into my work on the farm, in the fields and the barn where I spend most of my days. It was so much everyday life, I moved into that town with these people, and became part of their lives. Ending this book was like losing a friend...GREAT book!!!
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It is a New York Times best seller, an Oprah's Book Club pick, and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Crafted by New Yorker writer Jonathan Franzen, this novel draws parallels between the problems in one family and the malfunctions of modern society.
I suffered through the first section of this book, and finally decided to stop. After several hours of trying to get into this story, I had no idea exactly what had transpired when the first section ended, so I did something I rarely do, I gave up. Very slow and boring.
In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.
I work on our farm all day, and a book plugged into my ear keeps me company, so a good story is my friend, and this book had me so absorbed I felt like I lost a friend when it ended.
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The three novels that make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family through three generations, beginning in Victorian London during the 1880s and ending in the early 1920s. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women.
I was so excited to find this on my audio book listing. I loved the TV show, and the book version sounded wonderful, but the reader does not have the kind of voice to keep ones attention. He sounds like a charming man, but listening to this book was like wading in thick syrup, and keeping your attention was impossible. For the very first time I gave up on a book. I did get book one read, and half of book two, then I just deleted the rest. What a shame.
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