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10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

an absolute must-read

This gorgeous book will touch your soul, deeply. As we all watch our world falling apart, this little book shows us the courage and strength of one woman struggling to hold it all together. An absolute must-read, for all of us, right now.

posted by kjk212 on April 29, 2009

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

IF I HAD A HAMMER

by Howard Scott
Review of Home Repair, by Liz Rosenberg
Home Repair is such a funny title for this book. Is it a manual of how to fix pipe leaks? Is it a non-fiction saga of bringing back a collapsed edifice? Is it a novel about marital breakup...
by Howard Scott
Review of Home Repair, by Liz Rosenberg
Home Repair is such a funny title for this book. Is it a manual of how to fix pipe leaks? Is it a non-fiction saga of bringing back a collapsed edifice? Is it a novel about marital breakup and regeneration? Perhaps the title demonstrates the quirky offbeat way author Liz Rosenberg gets to her subject, which is how we get through our days and nights. Warily, but assiduously, is her answer.
The plot is simply stated. Eve is left for a second time without a husband. She plods ahead, managing her two charming children, Marcus and Noni, meanwhile a world of interesting characters, Jonah, the park maintenance supervisor and landlord, Lev, the professor where she works at SUNY, Binghamton, her prickly mother, Mrs. Dunrea, and even Eve's wandering husband, Chuck, add challenges, bathos and humor to her small-town world.
But it's Eve who takes center stage. What is her exact attitude? It is expressed in this maxim: life happens, cope. There is no tumultuous crying jag when her husband disappears during a family yard sale. There is no gnashing of teeth when her university boss, Frederick Cummings, makes unreasonable demands. She is not angry with her mother, who has a bad word for everybody,
making life if not impossible.at least difficult. She doesn't vent furiously at fate for taking away her first husband and true love, Ivan, in an auto accident. Rather she blames herself-"if I didn't want ice cream, he would have never have gone out."
That attitude informs her behavior. When she decides not to go to bed with her black friend, Jonah, she announces her decision so sensibly. "I'm still married. I have two kids. I'm older than you are. I'm tired---I'm sorry. I really do like you, but I think this would ruin everything." They part shaking hands and calling each other friend. When Eve refused to let Marcus go for a ride in his friend, Devin's new Corvette, Marcus was furious. But when Devin was killed the next day in the car, she didn't fill her son with guilt. When her wandering husband informed her that he was moving back in town with girlfriend Donna, Eve's first thought was how this development would affect their daughter, Noni.
In other words, Eve copes bravely and levelly when her world crumples. Some days, she's sad, but the reader knows she will summon the necessary courage, faith, and decency-to fulfill her obligations in the day's encounters. Perhaps Eve Rosenberg understands coping better than most. Her first husband, writer John Gardner, died in a motorcycle accident on the eve of their wedding.
So house repair is, at heart, a ballad of sanity in this raging world-that says having a sensible heart-a terminological contradiction if there ever was one-is the best way to navigate the curveballs of life.
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Howard Scott has published four books, 1,300 magazine articles, and 100 newspaper op-eds.

posted by IK on November 24, 2009

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    Disappointed

    I saw this book on B&N and it received decent reviews so I gave it a try. Very disappointed. It seemed like a second-rate editor reviewed this book for publication - the story seemed to jump all over the place! I wanted to like it but it just did not do it for me.

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