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The Arrivals: A Novel

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    it's ok...interesting characters

    I enjoyed this book for the simplicity of the storyline but I found myself unable to identify with the matriarch of the family, Ginny. Perhaps it is because I sense that a woman (the author) cannot possibly know the range of emotions a mother feels of having adult children until she has them herself. I found Ginny too standoffish towards her children in the beginning. I think I understood her better towards the end of the book, but I struggled. The characters I connected with were the father William, the son Stephen, and the daughter Rachel. The daughter Lillian left me cold and unfeeling for her...even her situation. I don't know why.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    A Poignant Novel

    Three adult children converge on their parents in June and stay for the summer. Their baggage includes a crumbling marriage, a newborn, an adorable three-year-old, an endangered seven-month pregnancy, and a heart-broken, financially-strapped daughter. The storm of problems in one summer is unlikely, but the author draws the reader into the lives of the characters and makes it believable. Both Ginny and William Owen lovingly welcome them. When everyone is sleeping, Ginny stands contentedly, remembering the past safe cocoon of their home. She "relishes every ounce of heavy, satisfied silence, drinking it like a nectar." As parents, William and Ginny express anger at the sources of their children's unhappiness; they help them financially and emotionally. Ginny, however, voices the worry that her life's work has been a failure because her children may not be capable of living on their own.of being happy. Happily, the summer successfully closes with newfound hope because of the support of their parents, siblings, and friends.
    Adult readers will relish the poignancy of constant love for their children - no matter their ages. Young adults may realize an appreciation for loving, supportive parents, for their own places in their parents' hearts, and for the description of the challenges ahead.

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