Emily, Alone

Emily, Alone

by Stewart O'Nan
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Emily, Alone 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like books with hard-driving forward motion, this one isn't for you. But if you find a lot of contemporary fiction thin and too clever by far, and long for a quiet, careful work of literature that resonates with tenderness toward humanity, you will probably enjoy Emily, Alone. Emily Maxwell is 80 and lives alone in Pittsburgh with her aging dog, Rufus, in the house she once shared with her late husband. She's thoughtful, reflective, very much a creature of habit; enjoys listening to classical music on the radio; and has given up driving due to fear. But a small, unexpected event causes Emily to broaden her horizons just a tiny bit, when that had seemed impossible. She's a fully-fledged, sympathetic character, and I loved this rich, slow-moving book. Reading it was like lingering in a warm bath.
Ched23 More than 1 year ago
This book was slow because it puts you squarely in the mind of a middle class aging woman. I was especially moved that a male author could capture this phase of motherhood with such insight and compassion. If your parents are 70+ this will give you insights and leave you uncomfortable but appreciative.
_Becki_ More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books ever. Why? Because he captures the every day life and family interactions of aging Emily and her family so sweetly, poignantly and realistically. My only disappointment was when the book ended. Still hoping for one more about Emily. She reminds me of my own mother and the insights into growing older are amazing. I recommend this book whenever possible.
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
How is it that O’Nan can center an entire book around normal, day-to-day activities and still make it thought-provoking, poignant and interesting to read? Seriously, the man amazes me. This is absolutely a “quiet” sort of book. There are no huge plot points to shake things up but there is humor, genuine angst and a fondness for these characters that is surprising as much as it is welcoming.
Lilyrose12 More than 1 year ago
This is an easy-read and an uplifting novel about a time of life that's often ignored by many authors. The characters are appealing and realistic and I enjoyed the book. I've ordered more of Stewart Nan's novels on the basis of this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O'Nan is a master of showing how even everyday events help to define an individual. He creates in Emily a fascinating character.
theelaine More than 1 year ago
on one hand.... this is a GREAT book. On the other hand, the ending left me wanting something...just don't know what.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a thoughtful story of a widow who is growing old and sometimes wonders about what makes life still worthwhile. There are reflections on her personal history and ways in which she feels she could have been a better person, but she comes to accept herself and others that she might not have fully appreciated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I start to kick my legs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She knocks Lionkit out, then brings Lionkit back to Bloodclan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in and grabs Shinekit and Caramelkit by the scruff an pads briskly to 'blood kill' res 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Musthave been falsr info
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Bandon More than 1 year ago
This was a nice easy yet intelligent read. Since I was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh I enjoyed all of the author's place references throughout the book. I also am close to Emily's age, and could identify with some of her apprehensiveness which comes from growing older. I think the friendship between Arlene and Emily was well drawn, and the relationship between Emily and her daughter was believable and sad. I will pass this book on to one of my dear friends and I am sure she will enjoy it as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barnes & noble, pls give us a few pages from the first chapter
mary_kvn More than 1 year ago
This is a very 'interior' novel, focused on the characters' responses to the world in which they live, rather than on action or plot. Here, we are primarily in the mind of Emily, the matriarch of the family explored in much greater depth through the same technique in 'Wish You Were Here.' Read together, the two books are a poignant meditation on both the pain and consolations of getting older.
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NookloverIL More than 1 year ago
There is no "sample" to read, only leading pages. Disappointing.
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