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The Lake Shore Limited

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

The play within the novel is not a new idea, but brilliantly used by Sue Miller

Author Wilhelmina "Billy" Gertz writes a play about an anxious family learning of the terrorist bombing of The Lake Shore Limited as the train enters Union Station in Chicago as their mother-wife is on board. Billy knows she is the model for the estranged husband in he...
Author Wilhelmina "Billy" Gertz writes a play about an anxious family learning of the terrorist bombing of The Lake Shore Limited as the train enters Union Station in Chicago as their mother-wife is on board. Billy knows she is the model for the estranged husband in her play as she waited for news whether her lover Gus died on one of the 9/11 plane crashes.

Gus's sister Leslie believes her late younger brother found the love of his life in Billy. Still Leslie tries to set up Billy with her friend Sam as she assumes the playwright is grieving her loss and the Lake Shore Limited was her catharsis. Meanwhile Rafe who has the role of the aloof husband in the play feels remorse and survivir guilt as his wife is dying,

The play within the novel is not a new idea, but brilliantly used by Sue Miller to bring together a post 9/11 quarter either grieving or suffering from guilt as each has personal issues. The story line rotates perspective so that the audience obtains a deep look at grief and healing as only love can bring to the soul. The Lake Shore Limited is a terrific character driven tale as readers will relish Sue Miller's profound look at surviving tragedy by putting a face to those 3000 plus who died on 9/11.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on March 12, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Wasn't quite what I expected after reading a review.

The novel is about Billy Gertz, a playwriter who is very honest and forthright. The play she wrote is about a terrorist bombing on a train and about a man waiting to hear the fate of his estranged wife who is traveling on it. This sounds very interesting, but I cannot ...
The novel is about Billy Gertz, a playwriter who is very honest and forthright. The play she wrote is about a terrorist bombing on a train and about a man waiting to hear the fate of his estranged wife who is traveling on it. This sounds very interesting, but I cannot lie, I had difficulty getting through the book. Everytime I picked it back up to read, I had to re-read the last chapter just to get back into the story. This is probably a great book, but my high school education does not give me the benefit of appreciating this book and I do so apologize. It's a lot like the movie AVATAR, everyone else loved it, and I sat in my sit squirmy and shaking because I couldn't wait for it to be over. Read this book and I got a feeling you'll love it, it just wasn't for me.

posted by Lollypop99 on May 30, 2010

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    Wasn't quite what I expected after reading a review.

    The novel is about Billy Gertz, a playwriter who is very honest and forthright. The play she wrote is about a terrorist bombing on a train and about a man waiting to hear the fate of his estranged wife who is traveling on it. This sounds very interesting, but I cannot lie, I had difficulty getting through the book. Everytime I picked it back up to read, I had to re-read the last chapter just to get back into the story. This is probably a great book, but my high school education does not give me the benefit of appreciating this book and I do so apologize. It's a lot like the movie AVATAR, everyone else loved it, and I sat in my sit squirmy and shaking because I couldn't wait for it to be over. Read this book and I got a feeling you'll love it, it just wasn't for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

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    A study in grief

    If you are looking for a read with well developed characters struggling to deal with loss and loss of feeling, this is the read for you. Sadly short on hope, but a good tale of recovery with a glimmer of life moving forward.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    Great title, but too much tension with BOTH 9/ll and a Chicago t

    Great title, but too much tension with BOTH 9/ll and a Chicago terrorist bombing. One longs for a good story, like a sequel to THE WORLD BELOW, interweaving Fiona (a well liked character who needed deeper development), Jessie (an unknown except for her incredible will to live outside the hospital nursery), Catherine (who's kinda shallow, passionless, and judgmental, but good, of course), and Samuel, who could provide the spark to unite them all back in Vermont. This time, given the background of the diaries and all the deaths and divorces, with more joy and insight into lives filled with realistic challenges and a lot more fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2011

    Nook/ereader app issues

    I'm not able to access this book to read it, even though I paid for it. I have tried through both my nook and ereader app. Very disappointed to spend money and now have to hassle with figuring out how to access it to read it. Sorry, I really wanted the nook app over Kindle, but, I have been able to buy a book from amazon and start reading it within minutes on my Kindle app. I hate to give a bad review to a book I am sure it great, so I picked a 3, otherwise I would give the nook and ereader apps a 1-

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