Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in , Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss.
The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways. Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope.
From the publisher. Site by BOOM. Wise advice from a woman who perhaps wished she had. Nothing earth shattering, but quick and enjoyable First timer reading Ann Hood. I will definitely check out a few of her other books. What's It About: Two women separated by decades find their stories are more closely aligned than either could possibly realize.
She is mourning the loss of her lover in the San Francisco Earthquake. She refuses to believe he is dead and clings to hope there will be a reunion between the two. Her friend, Lottie, worries about Vivien's future and there is a possibility of a romance with a vineyard worker who admires her.
Vivian's focus is on bringing comfort to the grieving and seeking solace in that comfort she creates. Jackie O.
Claire, a young housewife and mother, begins to question her roles. She has a mind and desperately wants to be recognized for it. She doesn't get the recognition she desires at home, so she volunteers for the Kennedy campaign. In her volunteering, she meets a married man who stimulates her both mentally and physically. What happens when a married woman is caught by her husband having an affair in ? We quickly see the spiral for Claire, especially as she becomes pregnant.
Claire works to piece together her life and marriage. Circumstances bring Vivien and Claire together as neither imagined. My Thoughts: -Vivien's obituary writing is pure beauty. The class, poise, and dedication are marvelous. I've been dabbling with the thought of focusing on reading poetry for awhile.
This book convinces me utterly of its value. Vivien incorporates poetry into the obituary as her homage to the deceased. Some relished this simplicity whereas others chafed at it. I found it fascinating. I love how Claire can quote it. I would have done the same thing. The housewives have a betting pool on what color Jackie will wear and the winner gets a dinner party thrown in her honor. It is something to dream about. My chief complaint: it wrapped up too quickly. Hood could have seriously written another pages easily.
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This book is far too short. But the plot was very thin and the book felt stretched to make it almost pages - the books itself is small and there is a lot of white space on each page. I'm not sure how old Ms. Hood is but she clearly wasn't comfortable with the 's era, she spent so much time describing things in Claire's home the artwork, the wallpaper, etc. And there were a number of editing errors that were so glaring that I just can not believe no one caught them.
In two or three different places, the two main protagonist's names were reversed. In one scene the hospital lobby was referred to as a hotel lobby. A woman in the hospital elevator going up to the solarioum to watch Kennedy's Inaguation wss described as having curlers in her hair. Why would a visitor to the hospital have curlers in her hair? All of these errors as well as the thin plotting and the suspension of common sense that the story often required were all too jarring to really allow me to lose myself in the story.
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View all 4 comments. This is a very beautifully written book about Claire in struggling with having an affair and not really loving her husband, and being pregnant with possibly her lover's baby. And Vivien around who writes obituaries for people and is struggling with not knowing what happened to her lover David in the earthquake. This book covers so many different emotions and pulls the reader into both women's lives. I listened to this as an audiobook and when the book switched between the two women it w This is a very beautifully written book about Claire in struggling with having an affair and not really loving her husband, and being pregnant with possibly her lover's baby.
I listened to this as an audiobook and when the book switched between the two women it was very clearly identified. I found myself lost in their stories and not wanting to stop. I actually uploaded this on my iPod so I could listen while cleaning carpets. I listened to a couple CDs out of order and it didn't seem to matter. I didn't feel like I got confused at all.
I highly recommend this and I look forward to more books by this author. I could be painfully critical, and I could do so by expressing my annoyance when I was bombarded with typos, grammatical errors, and a misplaced name, but I don't want to be. The responsibility of perfection had fallen onto the shoulders of the editor; the writer herself is the only one who's worth reviewing here. Take away everything that was beyond her control, put instead the lime light on her manuscript, which displayed more emotion and character than I had anticipated before starting this n I could be painfully critical, and I could do so by expressing my annoyance when I was bombarded with typos, grammatical errors, and a misplaced name, but I don't want to be.
Take away everything that was beyond her control, put instead the lime light on her manuscript, which displayed more emotion and character than I had anticipated before starting this novel. This was a book that started you off with a view of the characters as being almost their exact opposites; a character hated in the beginning would be respected in the end, and a character beloved in the beginning would end up completely meaningless in the climax of this story.
Such turns of events can cause momentary grief for the writer, placing you in the main character s anguish and frustration. That, my dear friends, is what made this book a triumph deserving of my "favorites" shelf. View all 14 comments. Shelves: fiction , winter-chal As you would imagine from the title, the subject of grief features quite strongly in this novel set in and But it is also about choices, being trapped by your circumstances and almost being an unwilling participant in your own life. Two women's stories which, for me, link far too late in the storyline to really have much in common; almost like two short stories with their chapters interspersing.
There is a quite from Emily Post at each chapter, some lovely poetry quoted and the author As you would imagine from the title, the subject of grief features quite strongly in this novel set in and There is a quite from Emily Post at each chapter, some lovely poetry quoted and the author's writing is, at times, quite beautiful but the relationship between the two women came too late for me.
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For that reason, it earns only 3. All obituaries should be written in this manner!! When a person dies, it's not about the dates and places but rather about who that person was to the people they have left behind. A beautifully written story about life. And, the ending was perfect!!!! View 1 comment. I've been thinking about this book for a day since finishing it. I try to write a review: hoping to do this book justice Its intensely personal being a fiction novel. I think its a rare book --a book which grows richer -inside you --as the days pass after reading it.
Many topics are covered: relationships-love-death-sex-loss-grief-morality-adultry-friendship-JFK, The S. Interesting 'craftin I've been thinking about this book for a day since finishing it. The author painted wonderful visuals during the 's. Even the 'smoking' was normal to the time period.
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This is a very profound part of the book --because as the 'reader', you can't help but 'wonder' "what might you say about the person YOU love". Beautiful wise -practical-and compassionate recommendations without being recommendations Its just part of the story. Safe comfortable lifestyle? These are personal 'honest' questions all answers have value Which is for you?
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This book is page turning engaging Also, it allows you to continue to reach deeper into YOUR own thoughts about the many topics and themes covered. View all 7 comments. Sep 23, Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves: I started this thinking I would only read a few chapters then go to bed. Didn't quite work out that way. Instead I stayed up till the wee hours of the morning reading this book. I honestly don't know what to say about this except that I found it strangely compelling. This book was an engrossing read.
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