Tully

Tully

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by Paullina Simons
     
 

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The time is the late 1970s. The place is the windswept heartland of America. The woman is Tully— defiant young rebel with an agonizing secret, devoted friend faced with a shattering betrayal, impassioned lover haunted by a man whose touch is more powerful than all her pain.

But in the years to come, beyond the torments and marvels of adolescence, into a

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The time is the late 1970s. The place is the windswept heartland of America. The woman is Tully— defiant young rebel with an agonizing secret, devoted friend faced with a shattering betrayal, impassioned lover haunted by a man whose touch is more powerful than all her pain.

But in the years to come, beyond the torments and marvels of adolescence, into a world where men will vie for her and lie to her, Tully will dare to win everything, and risk losing it all, in one raw, reckless gamble of the heart.

From Paullina Simons comes an astonishing novel about passion and loss, love and revelation; about friendship that endures through lifetimes, and even beyond death; and about one unforgettable woman named Tully, struggling to make sense of it all.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"What a lovely and resonant evocation of that first great bond between women— it's deeply moving."—Anne Rivers Siddons

"A big, ambitious book whose characters stick in the reader's mind."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Reads fast, like a sudden surge of wind over the plains, and the book's momentum builds to tornado force."—USA Today

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A young Kansas woman struggles through life and love in Simons's debut novel. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Ostensibly, Simons's first novel is a coming-of-age story intertwining the lives of three Kansas friends during the 1970s and 1980s. The story focuses on Tully (a nickname for Natalie), a young woman who has endured a childhood of abuse and abandonment to become a promiscuous teenager who longs to move to California. When wealthy Robin DeMarco promises her both love and financial security, Tully marries him and proceeds to live a life tormented by her friend's suicide, childhood traumas, and affairs. It is difficult for the listener to imagine what the men see in Tully, for she is deceitful and manipulative, with seemingly no conscience. Also, the plot is melodramatic and more reminiscent of a soap opera than a serious novel. Actress Karen Allen's raspy voice does nothing to enhance this flat and depressing story. Not recommended.-Susan McCaffrey, Legg Middle Sch. Lib., Coldwater, Mich.
Donna Seaman
The publishing industry has cranked into high gear to promote this hefty first novel about heartache and craziness on the Great Plains. What, we wonder, is all the fuss about? Would you believe a feisty, troubled, graceful, and gray-eyed gal named Tully? Simons, Russian-born and American-raised, has set her melodramatic, slow-as-molasses, seventies novel in Topeka, Kansas, a location emblematic both of what is most trying and most meaningful in life. It is a place of meteorological extremes and a subtle beauty that either grows on you or drives you mad. Tully is the same way: extreme, unconventionally attractive, and simply maddening. Raped by an uncle and beaten and abused by her mentally ill mother, Tully barely survives her wretched adolescence. Just when she seems to be healing, her best friend commits suicide, and Tully is hurled back into the abyss. Such physical and emotional battery is bound to make love a tricky endeavor, and Tully makes quite a mess of it, tormenting the kind and generous men who finally earn her trust. There's rock-steady Robin, poetic Jeremy, and Jack the sun god. Our girl Tully manages to devastate each in her own monumentally self-absorbed way, but to Simons' credit, Tully's behavior is wholly comprehensible and oddly forgivable. Paced as sluggishly as a TV soap, it will be hailed as a provocative entertainment and condemned as a particularly viscous form of quicksand. Either way, "Tully" is a wallow, and sometimes, doggone it, that's just what the doctor orders.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312954215
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
685
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Paullina Simons was born in Russia in 1963. As a child, she moved to New York City, and attended colleges in Long Island, New York, London, England and Lawrence, Kansas. She has worked as a translator and business writer; Tully is her first novel. She lives on Long Island.

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