Open House: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg

Open House: A Novel

byElizabeth Berg

Kobo ebook | September 19, 2000

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Elizabeth Berg's Once Upon a Time, There Was You.

In this superb novel by the beloved author of Talk Before Sleep, The Pull of the Moon, and Until the Real Thing Comes Along, a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening up her house and her heart.

Samantha's husband has left her, and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany's, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her eleven-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. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new friend, King, an untraditional man, 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. In order to really see people, she has to look within her heart. 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 a love story about what can blossom between a man and a woman, and within a woman herself.
Title:Open House: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 19, 2000Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375505873

ISBN - 13:9780375505874

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Of two minds I fell into the story quickly, finding myself so distressed for the main character that I wanted to be there to support her in whatever was going to happen on the next page. I read little grabs of it over the stove, during commercial breaks, went to bed early for a chance to get more. Then, just as quickly, I lost it. The empathy I'd been nurturing turned sour when I realized that the author was racing toward an unearned conclusion. Decisions that would have been laboured over earlier in the book were suddenly taken and actioned without any attempt to explain. Pregnant, not pregnant. Want him back, don't. In the space of a chapter. I can't say I didn't enjoy it. But I felt like the last quarter could have used some fleshing out.
Date published: 2008-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Open House This is the Oprah book in trade paperback. It was a much "lighter" story than I had expected, having heard so much about it beforehand. I liked it, and could relate to it personally. I'm a single mom to a 15 year old son and could certainly see and understand her thought patterns. Sam becomes distraught and turns into herself, following a split up of her marriage. She begins to second guess everything she does to the point of almost completely losing herself. She fumbles along and finally settles upon friendships cultivated after the breakup, and is much better for it. She learns to get on with her life, and to create a new and personal life she alone can be content and ultimately happy within When she has an opportunity to rekindle the relationship with David, she chooses not, (to her credit) she learns/sees the realization of it all - that she was looking after David her whole married life, and catering to his whims and wishes, and has indeed lost Samantha in the process. Stumbing and falling and getting right back up have provided Sam the assurances she needed in order to take charge of her own life, and with that, her son's acceptance and understanding as well. Good story, but quite a bit of life in there too!
Date published: 2001-05-22