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A Dangerous Age: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    My least favorite novel of Ellen Gilchrist

    I've read all of the Hand family novels and stories, and this book was a crushing disappointment. At the end of 'Starcarbon', Helen and Mike had just gotten married and were expecting their first baby, Jessie and King had an infant son and she had just had a miscarriage, and Olivia and Bobby had gotten engaged and were heading to Montana to educate themselves while they learned more about training horses. 'A Dangerous Age' could have taken up where 'Starcarbon' left off and filled readers in on the lives of the characters. Instead, this book is a one-sided diatribe about the war in Iraq, with erratic snapshots of Bobby and Olivia and her cousins, whom had not been mentioned in great detail in previous works. The Hand cousins make appearances early on in the book, but they and their stories completely fall by the wayside as the author shifts focus to Bobby and Olivia, then the book abruptly ends with an essay that Olivia wrote about her perspective on the war in Iraq. I was sick with disappointment over this book and wish I'd not read it it would have been more pleasurable to me as a reader to form my own thoughts about what happened to the characters vs. reading an auhtor's rant about the Iraqi war. I have been an avid Ellen Gilchrist fan for many years but sadly, I no longer feel compelled to read her novels this novel appears to be platform to voice an opinion on the war that, frankly, didn't ring true from her character's perspectives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012


    I've been following the exploits of the Hands and the Mannings for over 30 years. The present generation is way too health-conscious and independent of addictions, which may explain the pedestrian tone of much of this book as compared to Ellen Gilchrist's previous work. I wonder whether she deliberately used the war as a subversive device, similar to her depiction of race relations in the families' past generations. Both tend to evoke discomfort and to question complacency. -- catwak

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    Posted April 16, 2011

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