Evenfallby Liz Michalski
In death, he'll try to win back the one that mattered...
Frank Wildermuth always regretted a mistake he made as a teenager: choosing Clara Murphy over her sister Gert. And like a true Murphy woman, Gert got on with her life, never admitting to heartbreak. Not even now, decades later, with Frank/b>
In life, Frank could've had any woman he wanted.
In death, he'll try to win back the one that mattered...
Frank Wildermuth always regretted a mistake he made as a teenager: choosing Clara Murphy over her sister Gert. And like a true Murphy woman, Gert got on with her life, never admitting to heartbreak. Not even now, decades later, with Frank dead-dead, that is, but not quite gone. Now, Frank's niece, Andie Murphy, is back in town to settle his estate, and she sees that things have changed in Hartman, Connecticut. Aunt Gert still drives her crazy, but Cort, the wide-eyed farmboy she used to babysit, is all grown up-with a whole new definition for the word "sleepover." Even freakier are the whispers. Either Andie's losing her mind, or something she can't see is calling out to her-something that insists on putting right the past.
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Meet the Author
Liz Michalski graduated from a college in Connecticut with a BA in English. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two young children, and a large brown dog. Evenfall is her first novel.
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I got this book in the mail yesterday morning and read all day and into the night, just riveted by the characters. Saved the last two chapters to read this morning, to give myself a morning treat. I have not read a book in the last several years that I enjoyed more. I would definitely recommend this book for a book club discussion, and am looking forward to future books by this author.
I'm not sure how else to say it but this way -- I really, really didn't want this one to end. Scheduled for release in February of 2011, Liz Michalski's debut novel, Evenfall is quite a story, and one I intentionally slowed down in my reading towards the end because I really didn't want to commit to the fact that all stories have to end. Each chapter of Evenfall takes a third-person point-of-view of three important people: Andie, Frank, and Gert, living on beautiful land in Connecticut called Evenfall. It's land that has been owned for a couple hundred years by one family, and at one time, it was the talk of the town with money galore. But over the past fifty years or so, it's been hard farmland to work, and it's now become simply just a home with work to be done. Evenfall is genuine. Every character had its own peculiarity and distinct personality that it never once felt jarring when the point of view switched from chapter to chapter as it sometimes can in other stories. Their actions were real and organic to who they ultimately were. Even the movements and thoughts of Frank's ghost were written so authentically that I felt confident that this truly would be what a ghost would be able to do, to think, to feel, in their afterlife. I felt surrounded by so many things as I read this. Enveloped by the humid richness of the New England summer, the descriptions of farmland, peaches, and the setting sun so real I could see it before me. And reminder. Regret makes an incredible story, as Liz Michalski does with Evenfall, but it certainly does not make a good life. I was reminded to enjoy the moment, to see what was before me, and to not just pay attention to what, but most especially to whom. Liz Michalski has effortlessly crafted a story that resonates about love and life, and how strong longing can be in the afterlife. What's right is always right, and it doesn't matter when it happens, but making the effort to make it right is a lot better than living a lifetime of regret.
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This story, rich and sweet, though never saccharin, keeps the reader tantalized throughout. Three characters weave the tale -- Gert, tart-tongued and ailing from age and a broken heart; Andie, a young woman brought home to her family's Connecticut farm to help her aunt (Gert) prepare it for sale when she becomes conflicted between two paramours; and Frank (Andie's uncle and Gert's brother-in-law), recently dead but unable to rest until the two women he loves, find peace. The story is interwoven yet uncomplicated, earnest yet not overly-sentimental. It is a character-driven novel in the truest sense, at a time when plot-heavy books line bookstore windows at the expense of our literary souls. I hope to see more from Ms. Michalski.
Evenfall is a story of a lost love. A missed love. In Hartman, Connecticut the beautiful home named Evenfall stands. It's where Frank and Gert fell in love, and where Frank stayed and married Gert's sister, Clara. The unfinished story between Frank and Gert was so strong, it lived even after death--because Frank couldn't leave Gert. Frank's ghost lived on. Reminding Gert of what walking away had cost her. Andie Murphy, is the niece of Frank and Gert. She has come back to Hartman to help her Aunt clean out Evenfall and to run away from her old flame Neal. When she gets home, she begins a relationship with Cort. Cort has been in love with her most of his life, but Andie has no intention of sticking around. Gert is a hard as nails kind of lady, but Franks presence seems to be drawing her back into the past. Reminiscing about the past softens her. Makes her look on Andie and Cort with new eyes, but will her help be enough when an unexpected visitor suddenly appears. Evenfall, was definitely fresh and different. It was a sad story. I was sad for Gert. Sad for Frank, even for Clara. I found myself believing, better yet understanding why Frank couldn't leave. I wanted them to be able to go back and make different choices. I wanted Andie to stop and make different choices. I was surprised by the ending. Yet the ending was how real life sometimes is. This is a story that is beautiful because it is so real in its pain, choices, and sadness. A definite recommend.
"Nina sees the man first. It’s a warm summer day, the kind where, when I was alive, you’d have found me down by the creek. Fishing, I’d have said if anyone asked, though the only thing worth catching there was a long, cool breeze." These are the opening lines of Evenfall, Liz Michalski’s debut novel. Given my fascination with ghosts, I knew from that second sentence that this was a book I could not put down. The prose is beautiful, the love stories bittersweet, the longing and regret palpable. The house, Evenfall, is not just a setting, but a character. The dog, the cat, even the goats and a snapping turtle are integral to the story, not mere props. The Murphy women, Frank, and Cort are all believably flawed and you love them for it. Neil is so flawed I wished I could scratch his eyes out. Men, don’t be frightened off by “love story.” I know of several guys who openly admit to having enjoyed Evenfall, particularly a certain few pages. Word of warning: don’t hand it to a teenager without reading said pages first.
I read the Publisher's Weekly review with disbelief, honestly. I read it twice, because I thought I must have misread it the first time. Fortunately, the three reviews before me are in accord with what I feel - that this is a shining debut from a fresh, new voice. The premise is original, the story is charming and captivating and the ending is satisfying and stays with you. I could not put this book down and look forward to much more from this talented writer.
In Hartman, Connecticut, when her Uncle Frank Wildermuth died, Andie Murphy returns to Evenfall to help her Aunt Gert cope with her loss and handle the estate. Andie has a personal reason for coming to the farm that she enjoyed visiting as a child; to escape as her last relationship recently ended poorly. Gert and her niece are fleeing memories of the men in their lives as they struggle to adapt to their different loss. Gert always loved Frank but he married her late sister Clara instead. Though the farm contains whispers, neither women realizes the source. Filled with remorse almost his entire life when he chose the wrong sibling as a teen, Frank's ghost refuses to move on until he helps his sister-in-law and niece move on with their lives. Albeit a story about a ghost who understands the maxim never to give up, Evenfall is much more a profound character study that looks deep into the souls of three people. The story line rotates lead as each protagonist and the farm come across as genuine and unique. Readers will answer affirmative when asked do you believe in ghosts upon reading Liz Michalski's warm relationship drama. Harriet Klausner