Losing Charlotte

Losing Charlotte

by Heather Clay
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Losing Charlotte by Heather Clay

Raised on their family's Thoroughbred farm in Kentucky, Charlotte and Knox Bolling grow up steeped in the life cycles of the horses surrounding them. Despite their opposing natures, the connection between these two sisters is unbreakable, even when Charlotte abandons Four Corners Farm in favor of Manhattan. But a single day changes everything for Knox, and in order to confront the ways her sister defines her, she must leave the home she’s always known. A powerful story of love, duty and family, Losing Charlotte reminds us that there are some bonds that cannot be broken.

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ISBN-13: 9780099445562
Publisher: Windmill
Publication date: 03/28/2011
Pages: 261
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Heather Clay is a graduate of Middlebury College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She has published short fiction in The New Yorker and written for Parenting. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two daughters. This is her first novel.

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Losing Charlotte 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Jen-Austin More than 1 year ago
I saw a write up of this book in a magazine and thought it sounded so good. However, I was bored from the beginning. I made it about half way through the book and I just couldn't take any more. I didn't find any of the characters terribly likeable either.
parishnurse More than 1 year ago
I had to read some reviews to see how others found this book as my own feelings were somewhat mixed. I did finish it but was disappointed in the ending. Things were left up in the air. In fact, it really didn't end for me. Perhaps a sequel? I liked the concept of tragedy bringing two unlikely people together but I didn't like the way their relationship developed. Also, most of the characters were difficult to like. One aspect of the book was Charlotte's presence. Even after she died, the flashbacks of events in the lives of the family made it seem like she was still around. The descriptions of Knox and Bruce taking care of the babies was something any mother or nanny could have written so I found that part quite boring. There were other times when the story seemed to drag on and I wished to know more about the feelings and behavior of the characters. Then when the feelings and behaviors were described, they were just too weird. For example, Knox wearing Charlotte's slip under her shirt and jeans and Bruce have sex with a hooker because he was afraid of how much he adored his wife didn't make sense to me. I did like the way the memorial service was described with Knox holding one of the babies when she attempted to speak of her sister and Bruce coming to take the baby from her when he got fussy. Naming the boys for their maternal and paternal grandfathers was also a nice touch. Naming the main character Knox was just dumb when there are so many other nice names for a girl/woman. I don't think I would recommend it, however, as there are better books out there to read.
avidreaderVC More than 1 year ago
I had read a very positive review on this book and was not disappointed. Certainly, it was very sad, and the father became my hero, as he took charge of caring for his twin boys after the death of his wife without a lot of whining and self-pity. I know few that would have handled it as well. The sister, unselfishly, came in to help, and the relationships that evolved were poignant.
Laughing_Orca_Ranch More than 1 year ago
I was so excited about reading this book, as it was described to me as book with a large focus on horses. Even the cover has a blur of galloping horses. While, yes, it is set on a Thoroughbred breeding farm, that is more of a background..a very quiet background. This background is there only for the main character's thoughts on a complicated life, difficult choices, in-depth memories, and many regrets. I can count on one hand, the number of times, that any detailed horse encounters are brought up. There was the discussion of what happens inside a breeding barn, and the stallion that bit the tip off of Knox's boyfriend, Ned's finger. And there was the mare in her stall that miscarried her foal, which seemed to be added as an afterthought, because there really wasn't any special moments shared between this mare and Knox. Then the reader must wait until the very last paragraph to see anymore mention of horses. And even then, it was more of an absent-minded filler than anything meaningful. For all of the many in-depth details that Heather Clay uses throughout her book, she fails to do the same when it comes to her characters' relationships with horses. For someone that grew up on the same horse farm, Three Chimneys, where the famous race horse Big Brown resides, I found this lack of horse focus, surprising and disappointing. I wanted to like this book, especially since one of main characters, Charlotte was the Mother of twins, like me, but I couldn't get past the melancholy I felt that was woven throughout this book. The seeming lack of caring by the author made the story painfully slow. She spends too much time describing in minute detail every tiny thing, like the varieties of scents her character smelled. These details don't matter to the plot or character development. Personally I was offended by Heather Clay's use of crude words where I wouldn't think an author should (especially a Mother of two young girls). She describes the smell of feces in the hospital as 'sh-t'. And she had her character Knox use the word 'f-ing' when Ned made love to her. Even if this act didn't matter to Knox, was it necessary to use the 'F' word? She tosses that word throughout her book, seemingly for shock factor. Like when she overslept and woke up too late to care for her infant nephews, and thought 'F---K!'. And her use of the word 'piss' for an infant's pee. This kind of writing made it difficult for me to connect with her characters. In addition, the first few pages of this book were confusing to figure out who the characters were and what their ages were. I incorrectly assumed that Knox was a man and Charlotte was his lover. I also found it odd that Heather Clay allowed her character Knox to be amused by her boyfriend's nickname for her, 'Ugly'. And we never find out what Ned's mysterious e-mail to Knox said. The only part of the book that I enjoyed was the chapter that detailed how Charlotte and Bruce began their relationship together. There was a beautiful, innocent magic between these two characters and Heather Clay seemed to wake up and smile on them. Then she ruined that feeling by allowing Bruce to hire a prostitute. The author states it took her 9 years to complete this book. I wonder if during that long period of time she just lost interest, because there seems to be no passion for her characters or the storyline, and the end of the book just sort of peters out like a deep, uncaring sigh.
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fog More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this book. It looked interesting when I read the jacket but fell short when I read it. I just could not fall in love with any of the characters. The female character was flat and the husband was also. He started out promising and fell flat of my expectations. I couldn't even be outraged when he screwed up. He didn't even insight that much enthusiasm from me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i think that this is a great book but serously anonymous did you even read the whole book cuase if not then why even judge i mean really this is a great book abd the best part is mname is charlotte so it majes it even better for nme and if you are thinking well thats why you like it no i like it because ita butieuful stroy not BORING ANONYMOUS so there
harstan More than 1 year ago
Sisters Charlotte and Knox Bolling grew up on their family Four Corners Kentucky horse farm. Each knows thoroughbreds as well as they know people and in many respects are more comfortable with horses. When Charlotte leaves for New York, Knox resents her leaving her to remain on the farm. Charlotte marries finance manager Bruce Tavert. They move to the West Village of Manhattan, but though geographically apart, the siblings remain close yet apparently different. Charlotte gives birth to twin boys, but dies soon after her sons are born prematurely. Although hardly knowing one another except through Charlotte and their grief for her, Knox and Bruce raise the babies together as she leaves the farm for the big city. Losing Charlotte is a fascinating character study of three people who are tied together through the death of one of them and the births of the next generation. Bruce and Knox grieve their loss, but the latter is the more fascinating protagonist. Whereas Bruce is New York banker stereotype; Knox struggles to adapt to Manhattan after the Kentucky farm especially raising her nephews and finally dealing with her assortment of contrary feelings towards Bruce, the twins and ultimately Charlotte. She changes throughout the story line as she goes from ire for what she perceives is her sibling's desertion to innocent caretaker to almost in love with her brother-in-law to finally uplifting nurturer. She makes this family drama an entertaining deep tale Harriet Klausner