Goldengrove: A Novel by Francine ProseGoldengrove: A Novel by Francine Prose

Goldengrove: A Novel

byFrancine Prose

Hardcover | September 16, 2008

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Goldengrove is an emotionally powerful novel about adolescent love and loss from Francine Prose, the New York Times bestselling author of Reading Like a Writer and A Changed Man. Focusing on a young girl facing the consequences of sudden loss after the death of her sister, this masterful coming-of-age work is radiant with the possibility of summer and charged by the restless sexual tension of teenage life.
Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novelA Changed Manwon the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, andBlue Angelwas a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimedAnne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and theNew York TimesbestsellerReading Like a Writer....
Title:Goldengrove: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.62 × 1.05 inPublished:September 16, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0066214114

ISBN - 13:9780066214115

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Goldengrove Really well-written, though I would have liked a slightly tidier ending, as I did have I few things I was left wondering about. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not finish I couldn't get into it...maybe I'll try again later...
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just 'OK' This is one of those books you enjoy reading, but forget about it shortly after finishing it. This book beautifully covers one family's journey through loss and grief, written from the perspective of the mature thirteen-year old daughter. The author does a beautiful job at describing the pain and anguish that accompanies the death of a family member or close friend in a way that everybody can relate to. I only gave this book two stars because there is not much of a plot, there are no twists and turns or unexpected behaviours from the characters, and I felt the book ended in a hurry, in one of those '15 years later everything is fine' way. Ultimately this story, while heart wrenching, is forgettable.
Date published: 2009-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Goldengrove by Francine Prose There were two reasons I chose this book to read. One was because it was on the Harper's Fall Reading Challenge list and the second reason was because the author had an unusual first name which just happens to be mine. Okay, so that was a silly reason, but I sure am glad that I read this novel. Written from the viewpoint of a 13 year old child whose sister has just tragically died and realizing that her parents are so wrapped up in their own grief that they don't have the time to help her with hers anymore. So she is left to struggle through all the emotions on her own. It's a sad novel, yet also filled with a bit of suspense, some light-heartedness, and of course some new found sexual awareness. So many emotions for a young girl to experience and not much, if any, parental help makes this book a great read if, at times, a little heart-breaking.
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating! A story of loss, grieving and recovery told from 14 year old Nico's point of view. She has lost her sister in a drowning accident, her mother is turning to pain meds, her father (an aspiring author) is lost in his work. The only person who seems to understand Nico is her sister's boyfriend. Nico embarks on a journey filled with the loss of her sister towards self discovery. A beautiful story!
Date published: 2008-11-26

Editorial Reviews

“...emotionally authentic...a ravishing novel of the mystery of death and life’s assertion.”