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.

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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4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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I recommend this book to anyone.. I hope one day a director stubbles across this book and falls in love just as I did..
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This book has really opened my eyes and made me realize a lot of things. A lot of times i wish i could be more like tully because she is just unbelievable. This is honestly the best book i have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is simply the most heart- wrenching book I've ever read. I am from Topeka, KS; I am 21; and I had a group of best friends similar to this book. This is not the only reason I loved it though. It is a VERY fast read, and will leave you crying a lot. Its a perfect book for the beach, a long trip, ot just if you want to get lost in someone elses life. READ ME!!! You will NOT regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by a friend and the moment I started reading it I could not put it down. I have read it several times now and every time I laugh and cry. It covers all emotions and is my favorite book of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. Ended wanting more!
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This is the second book I've read by Paullina Simons and I must say, she's an amazing writer. Her imagination in writing Tully the novel, as well as the character is flawless. Simons' characters are always deep and always develop at just the right pace. This book is a must-read... you won't be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tully is an absolutely amazing story of a young women trying to find herself, while at the same time trying to deal with hardships and strife. I have read this book six times and each time I find myself crying, laughing, and relating to Tully and the people that are in her life. I would reccomend this book to anyone, and in fact I have done so many times. After reading this book for the sixth time, I often feel myself thinking of Tully as not ficiontal, but as a real person. Paulina Simmons has a gift, a pure gift to write. She has touched my life with her novel, Tully, and I am positive that she has touched many more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book aren't individuals. All of them speak with the same voice. One example is how they all call the main charater by first and last name at some point. Also, I didn't see a good reason for Jenny to have committed suicide. She and Jack we never serious. The pregnancies are too predictable. The author should learn not to be so obvious. And why are these three men so crazy for her. She's easy, selfish and from the authors description, nothing special to look at. What's so great about Tully? Here' a glitch that doesn't make sense. If Tully had a baby at 12, why did her4 mother ask if she was a virgin at the beginning of the book? Obviously she wasn't. The author was trying to throw us off, but ended up throwing herself off. Over all, Tully is a all right book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think every woman can relate to Tully in some way. This book is amazingly real. It will make you laugh and cry all at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great read..If you liked 'She's Come Undone', you will love this incredible journey of love,family,abuse and survival.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The fact that Tully is so strong through everything really makes you like her, but you also dislike her at times because she is so unfair to some people. It is a brilliant book, and you should definately read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading 'Tully' for the fifteenth time, and I can quote passages out of it, and often do, when compelled to share with others this moving, incredible story. 'Tully' is a book that makes you rage, and cry, and weep, and laugh, and cheer! You travel the gamut of emotions through her struggles, you feel her pain, witness her agonies and as mush as you want to disown her for hurting everyone else, you love her with all of your heart. She changes you, makes you beleive in strength, in endurance. The characters are real in my mind, emotional individuals who evoke feelings within me that are so intense that i wish the author could take us back into their lives so we can know how they are doing now. One of the most terrible lines in this book, (as in ehartbreaking) is, 'Beautiful, bright, brilliant, blonde, and blind...I have been told all of my life I am all of these things, and that he is worthless...but worthless him doesn't want precious me....'
Guest More than 1 year ago
all joking aside, this book is one i have recommended to all of my friends. ive gone through three copies already. i read a couple reviews that said that they read it again and again and find something new everytime-- thats funny, because its exactly what i always tell my friends. i dont know exactly what is about this book-- its nostalgic, its beautiful, its heartbreaking, and certain passages stick in my head (the small verse before the last chapter, anyone? '...without loving each other's eyes' -- oh. its perfect). i can quote parts of this book for you. but i wont. because youll read it yourself and realize... aha... this is how ive felt, but didnt know it until now. i only regret i didnt write this book myself. please, please read this book. itll make you a more aware, feeling, living person. email me if you dont agree, and we can fight about it (that is, if youre stupid enough not to love it).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This amazing book has given me so much. I´d like to thank Paullina Simons for writing the story of Tully Makker! It´s the kind of book you can read over and over again and discover new things for every time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Tully when it was first published, and since then, I have read and re-read it many, many times. If ever there was a character I wish were real, and that I could meet, it would be her. I have used this story when I struggle with something in my life, as a source of strength. This is an amazing book, one that I love and will read a zillion times more.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read from the author Paullina Simons. I could not stop reading it! Beautifully written. I loved all the characters and Paullina has a way of telling the fascinating tale of the lives of her characters. Absolutely wonderful!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tully Makker has a hard life. She lives in a boring small town in the middle of America, and has two best friends, whom she loves more than anything. But when tragedy strikes, Tully is alone. She lives, suffers and remembers in silence, because there is no one to tell her story to, even though she is surrounded by people who want to understand her. She is difficult and very easy not to like. Then one day, life takes a very different turn.... and Tully begins to change. This book, the first I read of Paullina Simons, is at the top of the ranks. It is brilliant, painful, stunning, and real. The characters centre around a young woman, haunted by her childhood and her life, and her teeth~clenched will to overcome that past. Tully, we learn, is a fighter, and she comes out in the end. This should be made into a movie. It is just brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tully is the best book I have read ever!And I read a lot of books. It is so absorbing you just want to read her story. I think some of the major themes in this book touches everyone in one way or another. This is a book you will want to have for your library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time when I was 15, I loved it. I read it until it just fell apart. It is definetly one to keep in your library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tully - The best book I have ever read, I have to admit though it was quite draining, as you feel everything that Tully feels throughout the whole novel. I think that everyone should read this book as it is true to life and you can relate to her one way or another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought Tully was one of the best books I had ever read. I was totally absorbed with this fantastic book from the begining and cried my eyes out when I finished it. I totally recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tully moves me, and I've read it so many times I feel as if I knew Jennifer and can actually see Jack's face. I can so relate to everything in this entire book and the author grabs you into the plot until you actully think you're in the story too.