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Publisher's Summary

Samantha Morrow's husband has left her, and now she must strive to reconstruct a life for herself and her 11-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tries to help by fixing her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders. A new friend suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. And in order to know who she is, she has to remember - and reclaim - the person she used to be, long before she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage.

Open House is the unforgettable story of how a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening her house to strangers and her heart to the simple miracle of possibility.

©2000 Elizabeth Berg (P)2000 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

  • An Oprah Book Club Selection

"Savvy, wry, and sharply observant." (The Denver Post)
"Smart, funny, and satisfying...a fine literary novel." (The Baltimore Sun)

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Open House

I loved this book. It was light, funny, serious and ended just the way the reader wanted it to end. Bravo!

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I want to hear more from this author

No one could ever consider this book a literary masterpiece, but I thoroughyl enjoyed it. To find a comedy these days that isn't so silly and unreal is difficult. But this book had it. The narrator did a wonderful job. The ability to distinguish between male, female, young, old ...what talent that takes that not all have.

The characters were real and believeable. Take the young son. Who wouldn't be embarressed by what his mother was trying to do to start a new life? But in the end (maybe a little too young for total reality), he has more fun with her life than his Dad's. Hooray!! (Sorry if I spoiled the story for anyone.)

Maybe the ending was too "happily ever after" for some people, but there was a struggle to get there and some enlightenment on everyone's part. There were mistakes this woman made that she discovered and learned from in this story. How much more can we expect?

Again, I want to hear more from this author.

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Not for prime time

I've read a few Elizabeth Berg novels and found them quite nice. Good characters, good turn of phrase. I thought I would go back to some of her earlier books. This one had an explicit sexual scene that I wish I could have skipped. (hint: it's when Samantha, the main character goes to visit David at his apartment.)

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Not up to par for an O book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More character development. I would have loved to read more about Lavender Blue, Rita and Edward.

What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Berg’s story?

She skipped over all the great story development opportunities and just got to the end where King and Sam end up in a bathtub (so very predictable).

Would you be willing to try another one of Becky Baker’s performances?

I am not sure.

What character would you cut from Open House?

Liked each character and just wanted to know more about them and to figure out why they were being introduced in the story.

Any additional comments?

I purchased it because I liked the premise of the book and still do (recovering and continuing a fulfilling life after a devastating split). I also like the characters and wish she developed them more to help the reader understand why they were the way they were. Even the quick introduction to the characters she met due to her temp jobs was frustrating. Overall, the story had lots of potential for providing more substance and inspiration. For me, it was predictable and disappointing.

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Open House

I totally enjoyed my drive back and forth from New Hampshire. I actually became engrossed in the story and had to wait another 15 minutes watching the sun set over my meadow, just so I could finish listening.
I KNOW that this story seems unreal ... but it happened to me. There is nothing like an open mind and an open house.
She did not even remotely touch upon the nastiness of divorce, she could have, but that is not what this story is about.
Very interesting "listen" I enjoyed it. Very positive message.

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Witty and Resourceful Survivor

Samantha, the main character, goes through a metamorphasis with grace and humor, from pampered housewife to resourceful survivor. There were a lot of funny moments and absolutely no whinning or complaining even though this woman's husband of many years walked out without any warning and left her financially as well as emotionally strapped. Instead, she rebuilt her life bit by bit and opened herself as well as her home to new people. It was a fun read and the narrator was a good match for the tone of the book.

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Enjoyable

The guests in the house were more enjoyable than the main character...but still it was a nice listen.

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The Kind of Story I Love to Read

Elizabeth Berg writes the sort of stories I love to read. I'm a fan! She's a terrific writer. Her characters and their interactions with one another draw me in. Her dialogue is well-written and believable.

This is the fifth Elizabeth Berg book I've read. I loved this story so much I had to give it five stars, but to be honest, I dislike hearing the sexual details. I wish the author would lighten up in that area. Those small parts of Open House prohibit me from being able to enthusiastically recommend her books to my book club friends. My over-the-age-of-fifty friends shy away from those sorts of specifics too.

The audiobook narrator, Becky Baker, was marvelous.

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Wonderful!

My first Elizabeth Berg novel and I'm ready for more. A friend gave me a copy of one of Elizabeth's short stories (Departure from Normal from the collection Ordinary Life) which instantly made it to the top of the list of my all-time favorite short stories.
In Open House I loved how quirky the protagonist and most of the supporting characters were, making me breathe a sigh of relief that being befoibled doesn't take away from one's lovability (not that I didn't know that, but this heartfelt reminder was very welcome.) So many lovely details too that brought each moment of the story to life. The narrator did an excellent job as well.
As a writer, I want to go back and figure out how Elizabeth did what she did... So glad I discovered this gem. A wonderful read/listen indeed!

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Beautifully Honest

I absolutely loved this book and really hope it becomes a movie. It was insightful, funny, empowering, and honest. Thanks