Monkeys [NOOK Book]

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Minot’s bestselling debut: A moving novel of familial love and endurance in the face of shattering tragedy Monkeys is the remarkable story of a decade in the life of the Vincents, a colorful Irish Catholic family from the Boston suburbs. On the surface, they seem happy with their vivacious mother Rosie at the helm. But underneath, the Vincents struggle to maintain the appearance of wealth and stability while dealing with the effects of their father’s alcoholism. When a sudden accident strikes, their ...

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Overview

 

Minot’s bestselling debut: A moving novel of familial love and endurance in the face of shattering tragedy Monkeys is the remarkable story of a decade in the life of the Vincents, a colorful Irish Catholic family from the Boston suburbs. On the surface, they seem happy with their vivacious mother Rosie at the helm. But underneath, the Vincents struggle to maintain the appearance of wealth and stability while dealing with the effects of their father’s alcoholism. When a sudden accident strikes, their love for one another is tested like never before. Written by the bestselling author of Evening, Monkeys is a powerful story of one family’s struggle to overcome life-changing tribulations and Minot’s wrenching ode to the ties that bind even the most wounded of families. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of Susan Minot, including artwork by the author and rare documents and photos from her personal collection.

 

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Minot chronicles the family life of Gus and Rosie Vincent and their seven children, dubbed ``monkeys'' by their mother. Rosie, or ``Mum,'' is the most vibrant character, creating a secure home for her children as she tries to mask her husband's alcholism and counter his withdrawal from the family. Minot has a fine eye for detail and a talent for creating tension through half-revealed clues in dialogue. However, because the book is very short, involves many characters, and spans roughly 13 years, the development of other characters is not satisfying. The chapters are rather disparate, the first, in fact, having a different narrator than the others. The final chapter, ``Thorofare,'' was included in The Best American Short Stories of 1984 and is perhaps the strongest section, providing a moving ending to an otherwise uneven novel. Lucinda Ann Peck, Learning Design Associates, Gahanna, Ohio
Library Journal
Minot's 1989 Lust offers a dozen stories involving relationships among young New Yorkers. Monkeys, a 1986 novel, portrays the children of a large New England family who try to cope when their mother--their anchor--dies. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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"Minot's prose possesses a thrilling eloquence, a heartbreaking clarity."--Newsday

"Not since J. D. Salinger has an American writer so feelingly evoked the special affections and loyalties that may develop among children in a large family."--The New York Times Book Review

"Striking and original.... Minot chronicles the mundane and miraculous moments that characterize family life, in prose that is exactingly realistic, yet delicately lyrical.... Few novels have so powerfully displayed the collective unity--and joy--of family life."--Chicago Tribune

"Susan Minot's funny, wry and profoundly moving novel of a large and gawky family in Massachusetts is full of quiet surprises.... Minot is masterful at showing us the chaos of a young family forming and reforming itself. But it is the absolute simplicity of her observation--always selective, often eccentric--that astounds us for its clarity time after time."--San Francisco Chronicle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453202937
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 159
  • Sales rank: 143,230
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Susan Minot

Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist and short story writer, whose books include Monkeys, Folly, Lust & Other Stories, and Evening, which was adapted into the feature film of the same name starring Meryl Streep. Minot was born in Boston and raised in Manchester, Massachusetts, attended Brown University, and received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University. She currently lives with her daughter in both New York City and an island off the coast of Maine.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Susan Minot has an original writing style

    Monkeys is not for everyone. I can see how it might leave readers vexed and frankly annoyed. The reason behind this of course is Minot's personal writing style. She makes a conscious choice to force the reader to read between the lines in order to understand the story. It was because of Minot's writing style that I loved this novel. Monkeys is not just a piece of literature, this book is a piece of art. It is new and different, you have to take time with it but in the end it is time well spent. Minot's novel has an odd disjointed narrative voice. Monkeys is made up of nine stories, not one of which is told in the same voice. I don't dislike that, in fact I find it fascinating and inspired. Because the book is told chronologically by some of the children of the Vincent family it makes sense that the voices would change as the children mature. They see things that always existed in a different light and the way the story is told reflects that.

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    Posted March 31, 2013

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    This is sooo werid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Kris

    Y don't make urself older?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Monkeys!

    Monkeys are my sister!!!!!!

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    Posted August 6, 2011

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