Goldberg Variations: A Novel

Goldberg Variations: A Novel

by Susan Isaacs
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Goldberg Variations 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've liked most of ythis author's books, and this was one of the better ones. A good exploration of family dynamics,relationships, and forgiveness.
chocolatethunda More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and at the same time didn't(at parts)this is usually not a genre that I would read but I stuck with it since I was so curious as to what would happen.In the beginning it was hard for me to get into the book. I've never read a book that had four main characters and every chapter was the perspective of another character. At first I didn't like it, but towards the middle of the book I actually started to enjoy it. What I didn't like was there are times when the story will refer to the characters religion(Jewish) and I know absolutely nothing about the Jewish religion so I'm very unfamiliar with it. This being said at some points in the story I was a little bit confused, or just wasn't sure what was really happening (since I'm unfamiliar with it) Anyway. The story is about Gloria Garrison who used to be Goldberg but changed her name after leaving her husband Joe. Her son Travis died, and that was the one she loved the most, or showed most the affection to. Her son Bradley feels like she never loved him. Bradley and his wife Cynthia have two children Daisy and Matt. Daisy is almost thirty, single, and works in the film industry. Matt is dating a woman named Ashley, and works for sports PR with the Mets. Her other son Travis was married to Adrianna who only has one child named Raquel. She is dating a man named Hayden, and works as a Legal Aid.I think its kind of weird that it seems that Raquel has a crush on Matt sort of or did while they were younger. Gloria has the children sent out to her home in new Mexico since she wants to have ONE of them take over the business since shes very old. All three reject very quickly that they don't want it. Then she is stuck with them for the next two days until they go back to their homes. What unfolds over the weekend is something very interesting as it does relate to faith(nothing to persuade the reader), and family. Although the book has it's slow parts I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys humor, some business, and family feuding with a good ending. Stick with it because the ending is something you do not see coming! Thank you Susan Isaacs for giving me a chance to read your book! [this review has been posted on goodreads and amazon]
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Mix Gloria Garrison nee Goldberg with her three grandchildren and like oil and water, they just come together. Gloria, the impervious grande dame of GLORY has made over her life and everything is perfect, until her former business partner and asumed heir walks out. So, she calls a summit with her estranged family to determine if any of these three are "worthy" to run GLORY when she passes.But is that all she wants? In typical Issac fashion the story twists and turns and may not end as we think it might. The writing is harsh and beautiful at the same time. But she does something new each time, which is why she's an author of note.
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An enjoyable read. I liked the contrast of 20 something ideas and 70 something ideas of style, religion, family, relationships, and work values. The underlying concept that family dynamics influence lives overlaid the point that the personalities of all involved change the message. Even the 2 children in the same household had different reactions to the comments made by their parents while growing up. I understood Gloria's defensive attitude and appreciated the grandchildren's ability to see beyond her shortcomings and stuborness.
kadydid More than 1 year ago
I love this author!!!! She is usually very witty and keeps me interested. Sorry but not this time! The grandmother in this novel was no different than mine (mother). She had no redeeming qualities and "frankly I didnt give a damn" Sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Ormie More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant even read the reviews without a long winded personel review...makes me not want to read the book..cant you limit the amount of words in a review?