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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.
(END)
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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  • Posted August 2, 2009

    cool book!

    Read this in two sittings, laughing my head off. Not totally ha ha hee hee because it touches on the theme of heartbreak and how families and communities are the glue that hold us together. Anyone who's ever fallen apart will relate.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

    I want to see the movie!

    Some books just are so vivid you immediately start picturing the movie version. That is how I felt about Liz Rosenberg's Home Repair. I could totally picture all of these characters and they were all so believable. I felt like I knew them all and wanted to take them home with me.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

    lovely book

    Lovely book, enjoyed every page,very sweet. Much funnier as it goes along-- the beginning is heartbreaking!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    good ready day curl up book

    I incline toward the classic romantic books such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Jane Austen but I must admit this one tickled my fancy. I can picture it as a movie because the author makes me see everything so vividly inside my head. I read this one within 3 days because I kept finding excuses to curl up in bed with it. Now back to Jane Austen!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

    I liked this book more than I thought I would. It seemed like a

    I liked this book more than I thought I would. It seemed like a chick lit book from the cover, but has more substance and range than that. Plus it was funny enough to make me  laugh out loud several times, and that is a rare quality I for one appreciate. Nicely done! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Enjoyable read that hits home!

    Once you get into the idea and format of Home Repair, it starts to make some sense and the characters become quite "real." Many details are left unsaid, but I feel that including too much would only insult the intelligence of the reader. Many people have experienced at least one of the situations or similar ones that Ms. Rosenberg brings to life in this book. An enjoyable, fast read.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Good but

    I liked this book, there are some great characters. At times though there was too much detail and the author dragged parts of it out. I found myself skipping some pages...skimming. It is a good book overall but I won't search for more books by this author.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 14, 2013

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