Sunday, July 12, 2015

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont

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Book synopsis(via Goodreads):

Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn’t mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack’s secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it’s delivered into the wrong hands: her children’s.
With this vertiginous opening begins a debut that is by turns funny, wise, and indescribably moving. As the Shanleys spin apart into separate orbits, leaving New York in an attempt to regain their bearings, fifteen-year-old Simon feels the allure of adult freedoms for the first time, while eleven-year-old Kay wanders precariously into a grown-up world she can’t possibly understand. Writing with extraordinary precision, humor, and beauty, Julia Pierpont has crafted a timeless, hugely enjoyable novel about the bonds of family life—their brittleness, and their resilience.

This insomniac's opinion: 

This novel started out with promise- great writing, family drama and a curiosity to see how things turn out. Unfortunately, it quickly spun into an overly dramatic and hard to follow book with many of the characters being highly unlikeable. I really wanted to like this novel, but it just didn't work out that way. 


2.5 stars. 

Worth staying up all night to read?


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