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byRichard Ford

Paperback | January 22, 2013

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"First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later.”

So begins Canada, the unforgettable story of a boy attempting to find grace, written by the only writer in history to win both the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award for a single novel.   

This is the story of Dell Parsons, whose parents rob a bank and fracture his life into a before and an after, crossing the threshold that cannot be uncrossed.  After his parents’ arrest and imprisonment, Del and Berner, his twin sister, face a blank future of foster care and social services visits. Berner, willful and burning with anger, runs away – orphaning Del completely.

In the midst of his abandonment, a family friend intervenes, spiriting Del across the Montana/Saskatchewan border. There, in a dilapidated town floating in the sea of the Canadian prairie, he’s taken in by Arthur Remlinger – an enigmatic, charismatic man whose own past exists on the other side of a similarly uncrossable border. 

Undone by the calamity of his parents’ robbery, Del struggles under the vastness of the prairie sky and the stark, unforgiving landscape to realign his sense of self and his perception of the parents he thought he knew, even as he moves on an inexorable collision course with the slow-simmering violence trembling just beneath Arthur Remlinger’s cool reserve.

A resonant and luminous masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision, CANADA is an elemental novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost, and of the mysterious and powerful bonds of family. Told in spare, elegant prose but rich with emotional clarity, lyrical precision, and an acute sense of the grandeur of living, it is a masterpiece from one of the greatest American writers alive.

 

Title:CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:January 22, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061692034

ISBN - 13:9780061692031

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful Read I really enjoyed Celeste Ng's book "Everything I Never Told You". I truly felt for her mother and the anguish she had to deal with. As a matter, I felt for everyone in this book. Well written, and one of those books that you just don't want to put down.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it or hate it Basically, I loved this. I thought it was a great story and really well written and made me think about a lot of things. Also I can see how people can hate it. It's kind of a lot all at once
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! Started slowly but is soooo good. I can't wait to get home to read more!
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed I loved her other works. I'm so sad this didn't work for me.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not worth it so many people told me to pick it up. it was BORING
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I expected but still good! I am glad I took this out from the library rather than purchased. An amazing debut, her writing is very fluid and effortless. The story was not what I expected and seemed somewhat devoid of emotion, but perhaps that is what she was trying to convey.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This writer really captures what it's like to be a girl - in between everything
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great This book was not what I was expecting and overall it was just .. depressing. Even the ending didn't make up for it. Would not recommend
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This was an easy read, fiction loosely based on facts that parallel the Manson family cult/murders, which is something I am extremely interested in. I did enjoy the book, it was easy to really get into the book, I had it finished in just a few days, but it seemed that there was a lot of build up to only have the character mildly involved with the actual events that inspired this book.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not the story you expect I thought this would be more of a straight mystery, but it was an interesting look at the racism faced by mixed race families in the 70s as well as a deep dive into the psyche of every member of the family.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but...the cost of the secrets was not proportional to their value If the cost of the secrets had been lower the book would have been more believable and meaningful to share with my teen daughter.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved this book. I felt like the author really thought out how to write this book. It felt almost like watching a TV show in that perspectives changed so quickly and seamlessly. The content was dense - definitely not a beach read - but well worth it in the end. It really makes you think and gives you a new perspective on relationships and life. I'm looking forward to her newest novel!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This was a beautiful book. I found it thoughtful and emotional, I loved the way the books looks at family relationships and the secrets we keep from each other (intentionally or not). While the story was heartbreaking I think it gives an important message.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dense But Good I did really enjoy reading this book but it does take a long time to get into, and then a long time to read as the writing style is very dense. But if you can stick through that the journey is interesting.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Finished this book in 13 hours ! I can not stop thinking of Lydia ! This is a must read for parents who push their kids to be something they wanted to be themselves. On my way out the door to buy the new one.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful rendering This was one of my favourite reads of the year. Beautifully written and very emotional, allowing you to delve into the character's life.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not at all what I thought. Disappointing. The plot takes you all over the place and seems very lost and confusing. It feels very disjointed and I finished feeling like I had just read a monolith but had nothing to show for it. It's a long book that twists and turns, but not in pleasurable or sensical ways. The concept is interesting, and the first portion of the novel is great but then it just devolves and makes you wonder was the author trying to come up with as many ludicrous plot twists as they could to stuff into one novel?
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book It took me a couple of tries to really get into it, but once I did I truly did not want it to end. I love this story, it's beautifully written and was truly powerful and one I won't soon forget.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Engaging story that unfolds in a beautiful and real way. I loved it. I'll read it again, and I'd recommend it a hundred times.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes, it is long The story tells the whole life of its main character, so it took some time to read. I thought the characters were interesting, if not unique. It's beautiful and I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Annoyed. All I did while reading this book was wait. Wait for the story to start, wait for the plot to reach its potential, wait for something to catch me off guard. To be honest, I'm very confused by its entirety. It feels like the cult topic was exploited to hype the book but it ended up leaving a sour taste in my mouth when the author did not deliver. It's okay at best. Mediocre is more like it. I've rarely read a book that said so much without actually reaching a point. I have so many questions. For example, why was did book written in the first place? What's the purpose of telling a story with such an empty and pointless plot? If you're considering reading this book, I'd recommend looking at some articles on Charles Manson instead. It'll be less frustrating and free of teenage angst.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worth it! Please invest the time and effort in reading this book. Let me reassure you that it did not win the Pulitzer Prize for nothing. Masterfully written. Not a quick read but definitely worth all the hype!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 1 Man, 1 Painting, 1 Life This book is a journey. If you are in the mood for a long read, this offered a look at a young man and the choice he made to steal a painting after the death of his mother. The book moved at a steady pace and provided good information on the art world and the nature of grief
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! This book was recommended by my psychology professor and I absolutely fell in love with it! It speaks volumes on the family dynamic. I related to one of the characters really well, which made me think a lot about my own family situation. Worth the read!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Family Torn Apart This book really made me appreciate the importance of family. Set against the backdrop of a child's death, we see how one family processes their grief and emotions in different way and how they manage to stay together through the impossible.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved, loved, loved this book! I read this in the summer and it was unlike anything else I have read. Such an incredible novel.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed Was so excited to read this book considering it was another recommend book by Heather but found it a difficult story to really get into . Started out really good then dragged a lot in the middle and really could not wait to finish it so it would be done. don't think I will pass this one onto others.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible writing and worth the read Its a journey to get through this book, its painfully descriptive at times but so worth the read! Pulitzer prize was well earned on the Goldfinch in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Difficult read Not quite the expected hype
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An emotional ride! This book is amazing! Planning to read again soon.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creepy Really descriptive language and interesting metaphors, a wild concept and violent youth
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't Understand the Hype I read the book off a recommendation from a friend and strugggled hard to get through it. Honestly I kept waiting for it to end. Not a fan.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This is a wonderfully written, engrossing story about a boy named Theo Decker and his life after he accidentally steals a painting. It really showcases the power of art and compels you to think more about the world around you.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Can't wait to read Just bought this today and it looks super interesting
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Overall, this book could have used some work but the general atmosphere was very gripping, and the character development was great!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overhyped and underwhelming If you're looking for a book based (even loosely) on a cult....look somewhere else. If you're looking for a book about an awkward, unlikeable teenager who almost does something interesting...this is for you.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best novels Celeste Ng is such a creative author that the story covers with American history, different cultural influences, races, family issues, education...etc. The story is so emotional and complicated with deep meaning. This is definitely not a typical novel that done by an Asian author.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting enough to want to keep reading The narrative structure is a little difficult to follow as the author switches character perspectives frequently, sometimes within the same paragraph, but it was still interesting enough to want to continue to read.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I could not put this book down. The author literally made me feel like I was in this novel while reading it. Her writing technique is amazing! Very amazing approach on the Manson murders.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a good book I finished this book in a day! Couldn't put it down. A very good author and story. If you are familiar with the Manson Murders, this book is based on the same story line.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was alright I couldn't connect with the characters, and didn't feel any emotional aspect to it. Found it to be very slow at times.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An interesting story told from the most uninteresting perspective The main crux of the story is peripheral to the plot in this story. The cult and girls in the cult are the most interesting part and yet the story takes the perspective of an outsider that has a mild connection to the cult itself. Because of that, it was thoroughly boring.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Finished this book in 2 days I couldn't stop reading, a great story
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Hard to put down. An enjoyable read!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it for school Exceptional & very, very sad. Captures everything about broken families, everything we're familiar with. Read this for a university course on Asian North American Lit. and absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! So glad I finally picked up this book. I love Donna Tartt's writing style and was fully immersed in the story from beginning to end. Can't wait to read her other books!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Okay Book I've been seeing this novel everywhere but after reading it, I didn't think it was as good as I hoped it'd be....
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Really really great. Highly recommended
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoyed this book
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this Such a good book! I could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomest Family Drama to read on Great and intense family drama, especially the racial tension, also the character Lydia reminded me of Memoirs of a Geisha protagonist Chiyo/Sayuri, with blue eyes <3 <3 <3 <3
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reccomend! Excellent family drama, well put-together and heartbreaking in the isolation of each family member.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this novel Beautifully written debut novel. An honest tale about family and secrets. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It stuck with me A great coming of age story that always held my interest. I didn't love the ending - felt a bit too neat, but would definitely recommend to others and probably read again myself later in life.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wanted it to end... I can't ever recall a time that I wanted to finish a book so badly, yet could barely get through it. It was a real struggle. This book got so hyped up but to be honest it was mediocre at best. I would not recommend it.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Painful Read This books tries so unbelievably hard to be intellectual, and create a grand metaphor about life that it spectacularly fails in all aspects. Most of the events that occur are implausible at best, the basic summarization of art plays into the pseudo intellectual effect this book goes for. As whole, this book was incredibly dull. Some of the prose were beautiful, but overall, the story didn't live up to the hype.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Painful Read This books tries so unbelievably hard to be intellectual, and create a grand metaphor about life that it spectacularly fails in all aspects. Most of the events that occur are implausible at best, the basic summarization of art plays into the pseudo intellectual effect this book goes for. As whole, this book was incredibly dull. Some of the prose were beautiful, but overall, the story didn't live up to the hype.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pushed me to try other genres I picked this book up on a whim when I saw it on sale for $15, I didn't know anything about the plot but the description sounded interesting enough. Ultimately - wow, so happy I grabbed this! I often read a lot of classic fiction and don't keep up with popular fiction but this was a fantastic book (in my opinion.) I loved the sprawling coming of age story, lots of drama, tragedy and romance as well. Something for everyone.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had good and bad moments As my name states. I love non-fiction. I love true crime and i'm weirdly obsessed with the Manson story. All of the bigger reviews made it seem like this was a fictional story based on the events in the cult. I honestly expected more from this book, as I went into it with a particular vision in mind. It is very LOOSELY based on those events, so if you're going into it with the same mindset that I did, you won't be happy. However; the way this story was written was very well done and I did finish the book and enjoyed it. I just had to quickly take my preconceived vision away in order to enjoy it. I didn't like the way it ended either, it was very abrupt and didn't seem to tie up any loose ends.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre at best I heard such great things about this book. Unfortunately, it felt like I was reading teen fiction. I would have stopped reading after the 1st chapter if I hadn't spent so much money purchasing it.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Read The book started off really good. I was very intrigued but then the middle really dragged. Took me a long long time to finish this one. I did however finish it just because i can't start a book and never find out what happened. It did have a nice story line . Overall i enjoyed it but feel that there was a lot of hype for this book over nothing really.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would which is always a pleasant surprise. It was beautifully written.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected. I enjoyed this one more than I initially anticipated. If you're looking for a murder-mystery, keep looking. If you're looking for a story with deep character development, this is for you. The members of the Lee family are all tragic in that they are all, in many ways, victims of circumstances beyond their control. Marilyn is a white, blond homemaker born in the wrong decade who has always dreamed of being a doctor. James is small-town professor born to Chinese immigrants who has always dreamed of being like everyone else. They both try to live vicariously through their daughter, Lydia, who is crushed by the heavy weight of their expectations. As a result, their eldest child, a son named Nath who earned early acceptance to Harvard and who dreams of going to space, is never good enough, is never loved enough. Similarly, their youngest child, Hannah, is the forgotten child who learns to make herself small, hide in nooks and crannies, and often feels like she might as well be invisible. The tragic irony is that it is only through their inept coping mechanisms that they engage in as a result of Lydia's death that the family is able to find each other again. And find forgiveness.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! I'm not much to read books outside of business but my book club chose it and I loved it! I couldn't put it down, the mystery story was captivating.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't waste your time Honestly I expected so much more from this book. I know the author was given special access and permission to write this book (maybe even a grant but don't quote me) It was not focused on Charles Manson at all! Doesn't even mention it's about his cult just talk faquely about a man that runs a cult. Just about two fictional girls who become obsessed with each other. You're basically left to put the story together yourself. The end was very anti climatic. If youre looking for a book about the Charles Manson cult this is not the book for you. More or less beats around the bush of what happened
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written... A lot has been said about this book. Some have said it is over-hyped, overrated, unrealistically fawned over, etc. First, it is beautifully written and it never seems stale even at the 700 page mark. It is a long read, but the character evolution demands the reader stay engaged.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing My only complaint is that I wish there was more about the downfall of the cult. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This book is impossible to put down. I flew through it because I was so enthralled with the plot.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Would not recommend I can't ever remember a time where I've wanted a book to end so badly. I'm not a book abandoner but this book seriously make me contemplate it on more than one occasion. Would not recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommend I had not read any reviews prior and was pleasantly surprised at the writing. I did have a hard time Believing the girl was 14, my sheltered upbringing view.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow and lacking I really didn't like this book. I hated the style of writing and I found the story to be rushed and disappointing.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would recommend So good, I was hooked the second I started reading it! Really captures those feelings of adolescent female insecurity and the desire to be loved (romantically and platonically).
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too wordy I love to read and was excited to pick up this book. The first 500 pages kept me interested but the last 200 pages lost me. I read it to finish it and it took forever. There was way too much detail that wasn't necessary and very wordy. I like the idea of the book but just not how it was presented.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made Me Cry!! Somewhat heavy ideas (to be expected) written with jumps of time that keep it interesting to read, and effectively tell the story. Ng did a great job of capturing the characters' points of view – It was so well written, so it was hard to put this book down.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book! This book was an amazing piece of work! I can't even call this a novel. It truly is a piece of work! I have never really read a book like this before. Im not sure how to describe it other than the saying that the stories and the characters were just written in such a real and way....no fluff, just raw! Amazing writing. The book was very very long so hold on for a long ride.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great book, all my friends said it was amazing so I decided to try it out and it lived up to the expectations
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book! interesting story line presented!!
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but lacking. I purchased this book because the cover looked cool and the reviews sounded great. It was an easy read, but a bit predictable. It felt like it touched on some great issues, but failed to see them through.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from page turner I couldn't put this book down. I work with teenagers and am exposed to their reality daily in the public school system. The tough lives that these boys face is not fiction, but rather something we often "don't see" right in front of us. I really appreciated the "not so fluffy" read for a change.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly excellent This is not an easy read, but it is a vital one. I read this book over a year ago, and every couple of days, something happens and I think of part of this book. Stunning stuff!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating I really really enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read, but held my attention the whole time. It was definitely an interesting look into the world of cult life. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! It has been a while since I came across a book that I became lost in, stayed up hours past when I should have and mourned when I had finished it. This was that book. A captivating story and the detailed wording leaves no question unanswered. A must read !
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick read - loved it! Loved this book - interesting take on the Manson murders/cult life. great for true crime fans!!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Expected More I was so excited to read this thinking it would be a great Charles Manson-esque story. Unfortunately, what I received was disappointing, dry, dull, and slow. I would not recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not what i hoped for As much as it does go along the stories it is based of this book is very drawn out and dry.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Very intriguing and moving. A must read.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow and Boring Just as my review Title suggests slow and boring.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Beautifully written. Love story between a mother and her son.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from all right found it slight and shallow.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little slow Very detail oriented and a tad bit slow. Enjoyed some of the story but not all while reading.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay I bought this one as my first "Heathers pick" and found it to be a let down. I ended up returning it after reading. It was interesting at first but then it just became very strange. If usually takes me about a week to get through any book this one took me a few months to finish.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it this is a really good novel which I enjoyed
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book. Enjoyed parts of the book but not all.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was a really good read. It's an unusual story that's twists and turns keep the read glued to the pages until the end. I would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth the hype I expected something great, but personally, I found that the book moved too slowly and focused on the details too much. There could've been so much more potential for character and plot development, but sadly that was all used up in minute setting descriptions. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Gripping Story A well told family story.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Great book that I could hardly put down. It is an amalgamation of several internal struggles told through incredible writing. Even with the flips back and forth between characters and time periods, I was never confused and only starved for more.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable McDaniel’s debut novel left me with all kinds of emotions, from happiness to heartbreak, from beginning to end. It explored themes such as innocence, love, loss, homosexuality, prejudice, racism, the stupidity of the mass, propaganda…Each character brought something to the story and made it complete, even the antagonist. Why would (or could) anyone empathize with the villain? And yet, each character’s past defined who they became and the reason behind their actions. I simply adore this book and cannot help but talk about it to everyone that ask me for a recommendation. When I finished reading it on my Kindle, I bought myself a hardcopy so that I could hug it better (and I’m not even kidding! I physically hug my books.)
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging It's been a long time since I found a book so alternately beautiful and maddening. There are excellent scenes and lines in this novel, and I'm glad I read it.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Added this to my list of all time favorite books! I loved this story. I thought the characters were strong and engaging. I would recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I am not sure what all the hype is about This is a daunting and often draining book. I am not sure I 'get it' but not in the sense of 'not understanding' what I am reading because I do. I am just not sure I understand why this story is supposed to be interesting, or what the impetus was or is for telling this story. I got halfway through this book and I had to put it down. The prose is VERY well written, I just did not connect with the story or the journey or the characters 100%. I will give Tartt's other books a try because I did enjoy her prose so much. I may even this this book another go in the near future.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow What a great book. So deep and rich. The characters are SO well written; it was refreshing. It was a little sad for me to get through this book (as a result, I'm only half way done) but I know it'll be worth it to finish.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't Finish I don't think this is a bad book - I enjoyed the story on the whole, but there was too much detail and I just found it very depressing. Nothing happy happens, and for that I couldn't finish.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovable characters! I fell in love with the characters.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Long Book This is a long book. The story line is very interesting however it doesn't seem to have too much of a plot. It seems like this is more about the story of someones life rather than a story with a plot. It's interesting but at some parts it was difficult to stay engaged.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from slow and steady road I wouldn't say that this is one of the best fiction book I've read and although the story is not so gripping or page turning but there's something dreamlike element to this book. The writing is beautiful with its own unique charm. At some point, it was a bit too dragging but some scenes are so beautifully written that you stop for a while, look up and grasp the words into your soul. I'm not giving five stars to the story because it's not something very special or unique but the writing -- oh yes!! I wish I could give more than five stars for the wonderful writing. Warning: the book is pretty long. If you've enough time to invest in good literature and want to read at low pace as you slowly immerse your soul in the words, then this is one of those books. FIVE STARS!!!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Right on. A good story with interesting and complex relationships between characters
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! amazing, amazing, amazing! I loved this book!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the read Very interesting perspective on family life and its complications. Great book.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable Very enjoyable book, uplifting and very well done. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book changed me. Once you get into it you cannot put it down. HIGHLY recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fell Short Overall the book was boring. It attempted to hit some great themes but it fell short more often than not.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fell Short Overall the book was boring. It attempted to hit some great themes but it fell short more often than not.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it interesting and a great read
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow but interesting The premise held a lot of promise for me, but I found it slow and somewhat hard to get into. I pushed through and was glad I finished it.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Brings you through a ride of emotions. Well written and enough of a book that I wasn't done it in a night....but did not get dry at any point. I am onto another by this author.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing writing and fantastic characters! My favourite read of the year
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this one more than I initially anticipated. If you're looking for a murder-mystery, keep looking. If you're looking for a story with deep character development, this is for you. The members of the Lee family are all tragic in that they are all, in many ways, victims of circumstances beyond their control. Marilyn is a white, blond homemaker born in the wrong decade who has always dreamed of being a doctor. James is small-town professor born to Chinese immigrants who has always dreamed of being like everyone else. They both try to live vicariously through their daughter, Lydia, who is crushed by the heavy weight of their expectations. As a result, their eldest child, a son named Nath who earned early acceptance to Harvard and who dreams of going to space, is never good enough, is never loved enough. Similarly, their youngest child, Hannah, is the forgotten child who learns to make herself small, hide in nooks and crannies, and often feels like she might as well be invisible. The tragic irony is that it is only through their inept coping mechanisms that they engage in as a result of Lydia's death that the family is able to find each other again. And find forgiveness.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this I thoroughly enjoyed this book -some of the best characters in recent fiction
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exceeded Expectations Received this book as a gift for Christmas. I put off reading it since I wasn't sure how great it would be but I was surprised. This novel is amazing!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised Really enjoyed this book! It took some time getting into, but once I got started, I couldn't keep it down.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read I wanted to love this book more. I think how one review described it as a "quiet read" is the perfect description. The found the plot slow in spots but I kept reading cause I wanted to know how everyone turned out in the end. It is a glimpse into how tragedy can affect peoples lives in different ways.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A masterpiece! This book is wonderful on so many levels. Amazingly well written and well thought through. The characters are complex and the story is heartbreaking. Huge book but so worth it! I would recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it was good it was definitly great. Leaves you in suspense the whole time.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Right in the middle It wasn't my favourite book, but also wasn't the worst book I've read. Story was slow in the beginning, but picked up and the intrigue of what was going to happen kept me reading. Again, definitely ranked middle of my scale of 'amazing to trash it'
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprising I thought the premise of this book sounded intriguing and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible One of the best books that I read in 2016. A coworker recommended it to me and I became absolutely engrossed in Theo's life. A modern day Dickensian saga full of grit and catastrophe, masterfully written. I couldn't put it down. Keep in mind, this book is a work of literature, and the subject material is heavy. If you're not shy of confronting dark issues that are unfortunately prevalent in our society, this book will greatly reward you. I would read this to be moved and awed, not entertained.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is a winner! Loved this book - one of my top ten! A little dark at times, as the characters deal with some of lifes unpleasant experiences. A great story that hooks you right to the end.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Love and Hate I recommend reading Parts 1 and 2. The last half of chapter 11 and the first half of chapter 12 (until it gets philosophical) and you will have enjoyed your read. I struggled to rate this book because I LOVED the first let's say... half. Actually I loved less than half but the way I felt about the first parts carried me through to the midway point with affection. The description of a human experience I could not fathom was heartbreaking and beautiful. But after the drama came real life. And there were points where I felt for the main character and wanted to root for him but at some point the detail got so tedious and monotonous I just wanted to fast forward. My main complaint is that it seemed the writer skimmed over the interesting and action packed parts to the point where I was left confused about what had actually happened, and spent annoying lengths of time with useless everyday narrative. It almost felt like reading a transcript of someone's life at some points. There were pages and pages and pages of word for word conversations and interactions that had no affect of the advancement of the novel and did not help me feel more connected to the characters. They were boring. As is someone wrote out all the conversations I had in one day and put them in a novel. In fact, if you remove them, I feel the novel would be half as long and hugely compelling. Basically--like this review--the book is too long. And by the final section I had completely lost interest. It's sad because as soon as I started reading, I was hooked. In love with the writing and plot, but it's almost like 5 stories in one the novel is so up and down. And I'd say 2 of the 5 are compelling. The detail about the art... perhaps someone more well versed in art would be into it... for me it fell kind of flat. I got the gist and understood the passion for art, but when there were pages and pages about how a brush stroke is different from this painting to that... I was over it. Run on sentences were a problem for me. I'd read on my kobo on the subway and would start a sentence one stop ahead of my stop, and 4 page clicks later the sentence would finally end. Lot's of : -- ; , keeping sentences with 5 different tangents alive.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised how much I loved this The author captured the characters incredibly. This shared an opportunity to understand the upbringing of an Asian and mixed family culture and the prejudices experienced. Absolutely beautiful I was so attached to this family.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A favourite Found the characters lingering in my mind for weeks after, that impact can only be done in a great story.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I didn't want this book to end. Beautifully written.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Definate addition to the top 5! Although long-and it is obvious when you look at the book,getting past this fact and by enjoying this book for the love of reading intelligent fiction is what made this journey /story most enjoyable and I did delve into this because I have a son and related to the journey of a boy losing his mother at the age of innocence to growing up in toxic environment but still keeping his love for his mother with him as he struggles with morals.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. A beautifully written first-person story, so psychologically engaging that you feel the author's pain and desperate longing only too true in human nature, in the in-between space of art, love, and magic that connects us all.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read! This book was unlike anything I have ever read, such a smart and interesting read.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but long I enjoyed this book, the story was well written and the characters had great dept to them. However, it was quite long and I got bored from it near the middle, I needed to push myself to finish it as I wanted to know hoe it finished. I believe that the author could have made it shorter and there was unnecessary parts. Despite it all, would recommend this book
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lengthy but amazing So well-written. So clever and real. It took me a long, long time to get through, but when I finally did - I knew it wasn't for nothing. There are some painfully slow parts, sure; but there are also some vividly captivating parts that I think make everything worth it.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read!! This book is amazing on so many levels. It is long but it's worth the commitment!!!!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mehhhh I bought this book because it was getting so much attention and great reviews. There were parts in this book that were interesting but for the most part the book dragged on. For the majority of the book I had to force myself to read it and I just wanted the book to end.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fantastic writing, enjoyed every page
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A very controversial Pulitzer Prize winner, in that you seem to either love it or hate it. I loved it, found the plot and characters to be very interesting with many unexpected turns and would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely LOVED this book This is by far the best book I have read in ages. The story is relevant to current events, and although a little are fetched at times it maintained a realistic storyline. I cannot say enough good things about this book.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book What I really liked about this book is that the character was so raw and true to life. There were a lot of surprises that I wasn't expecting and were greatly appreciated. The character was human on so many levels that I felt I have known someone who had the same characteristics. It was refreshing to read about a character with so many challenges in life and how he honestly handled them.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite I absolutely loved this book. It was simultaneously heartbreaking and warming in a way? Really honest and genuine book that I think anyone would easily be able to relate to.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book! Great story, very well written! Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Donna Tartt is a formidable writer! In my opinion, her narration and writing style is very dickensian in nature. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from the worst Bought this after reading a glowing NYT review, and was left feeling grossly disappointed and wondering where it all went wrong. Waste of $ aside, the book as a whole is incoherent, characters unrelatable and shallow (despite the painfully obvious and abundant opportunities to connect back to universal themes re: grief, class, fear, etc...), narration style insufferably conceited, ending underwhelming and cliche. How did this book win the Pulitzer Prize? Am I missing something here? Someone please explain this to me. Better yet, refund me the time and energy I wasted reading this overrated piece of
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful novel The story was really interesting and the main character of Theo was very well-developed and fully fleshed out. A wide, sprawling story that really gets you invested.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Loved this book. Characters were thoroughly developed I was sucked into the world of this book. Strange and interesting story. On of those books I would love to own and add to my collected to read again.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A struggle Although the premise of the book is amazing, and the characters are sometimes strong, Tartt should have been able to say what she wanted in 350 pages instead of (what seemed like) 2000. Weaving through several decades, the book is a fascinating take on childhood sans authority, but I felt it was ruined by the length which seemed to squeeze the characters for all they were worth.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark & Compelling Set in the 1970s in small-town Ohio, it's painful to imagine so vividly how different life was back then. This novel is well-written, dark and compelling. Everyone will be able to relate to Everything I Never Told You.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Read the Secret History instead. This is a long, sometimes tedious read that is far from compelling
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the Best The book tended to be all over the place, and the characters were hard to like. Definitely not the greatest book but its not horrible either. I bought it because of the size and it did take me some time to read, so if you're looking for a large book this one is OK.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) This is an interesting read. A little all over the place but wraps together in a nice way. Will definitely be recommending it to others.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating This is an incredible novel and extremely well written. This novel deals with grief and guilt with such raw emotion that it's impossible not to be drawn in. I highly recommend this read although it is slightly slow paced in parts.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Bit slow but beautiful writing
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Goldfinch A good book, but absolutely not on the level of Tartt's previous masterpiece The Secret History. Still worth a read if one likes the genre.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic character study I loved this novel from beginning to end. With the twists and turns of life and a writer who isn't afraid to delve into the raw unvarnished humanity of people who make mistakes and try to amend them, this book lets you be part of a life. If you're looking for action packed Hollywood drama, this isn't it. If you're looking to get lost in the journey of a young boy as he travels through life alone, trying to hold on to his most valuable possession and the memory of his mother, prepare to be lost.
Date published: 2017-01-10

Editorial Reviews

“[A] novel about big truths told by a writer with clear vision…solid, satisfying craftsmanship. This is a Richard Ford novel in the tradition of his earlier work. It also is a coming-of-age story, and a story about the discovery of identity.”