Lydia: A Novel

Lydia: A Novel

by Tim Sandlin
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Lydia: A Novel by Tim Sandlin

LYDIA, Tim Sandlin's acclaimed return to his GroVont characters, was called "Uplifting...immensely satisfying" by the New York Times Book Review and a "gem of a novel as audacious as it is sentimental" in a starred Booklist review.

Managing the Virgin Birth Home for Unwed Mothers means the women in Sam Callahan's life keep his world interesting. But it's his family members that really take the cake. His daughter may be having a nervous breakdown, and his mother's just out of prison for attempting to poison the president's dog. And when they hit the road with a geriatric, an adoptive son trying to discover his parentage, and an enraged psychopath on their tails, all hell may break loose. And you thought your family was strange...

Fifteen years ago, Tim Sandlin concluded his "GroVont" trilogy, a string of books that included a New York Times Notable Book and earned such accolades as "funny and compelling" (LA Times), "zany" (Cosmo), and "dazzling and moving" (New York Times). But some characters call a writer back.

Welcome to the ribald, rollicking, and sometimes peculiar world of Tim Sandlin's GroVont, Wyoming, where family is always paramount, no matter how strange.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402267062
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Reviewers have variously compared Tim Sandlin to Jack Kerouac, Tom Robbins, Larry McMurtry, John Irving, Kurt Vonnegut, and a few other writers you've probably heard of. He has published nine novels and a book of columns. He wrote eleven screenplays for hire, two of which have been made into movies. He lives with his family in Jackson, Wyoming, where he is director of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. His "Sandlinistas" follow him at www.timsandlin.com.

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Lydia 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Michelle13 More than 1 year ago
I finally finished LYDIA and encourage everyone to read it, even if you fast forward through some pages. As a double decade fan, I pre-ordered Lydia on my Kindle figuring I'd read it in a few hours like I had Tim's previous novels. Lydia is not meant to be a swift read. You actually have to use your noggin on this somewhat complicated novel involving dysfunctional folks from previous TS novels. In Lydia, Oly Pedersen is more dominant than other characters, for good reason. I initially scanned through Oly's tales, but went back and savored these chronicles, filled with Sandlin's distinct voice and wacked-out humor. A magical transition occurs as Sandlin brilliantly understates insights through his character voices---insights that may cause readers to face their own fears, weaknesses, and strengths. My epiphany was that worthwhile novels should NEVER be read quickly. I was thrilled with this magnificent, humorous, sentimental and bittersweet novel that neatly ties the final ribbons across Sandlin's wonderful gift to readers. Despite its gratifying ending, I'm once again champing at the bit for more GroVont stories to spring to life.
NikilovesTim More than 1 year ago
Reading a new Tim Sandlin novel is like having your boyfriend return home from war for a weekend. You may not see him again for years, and there may be others to bide the time, but when he returns you are his, and the rest of the world vanishes. Lydia was more than I could have dreamed it would be. It had everything Tim has to offer in a book. I felt excited, sad, and in love all at once. I went from laughter to tears in one page, and that is still not saying enough about what a ride this book will take you on. I was truly sad to finish it, and can't wait for his next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name-- Lydia Arabella. Age-- 17 i just turnd 17 yesterday 12/28. Looks-- Red curly hair blue eyes with a silver tint 4'10 my skin is a creamy milk color i have a flat tummy a small button nose and baby soft lips. Likes-- CHRIS CHRIS CHRIS CHRIS CHRIS CHRIS!!! country music rodeos horses. Dislikes-- the dark!!! :/ status-- in a relatiobship with Chris ;)
sandiek More than 1 year ago
How to explain this book, Tim Sandlin's latest novel in his GroVont series. There's Sam, living his life in Wyoming running a home for unwed mothers with his second wife. His first wife Maurey lives right down the road where she runs a horse farm. His daughter, Shannon has lived her life moving from man to man and now wants more and has returned to Wyoming to search for her life's meaning. Roger is the organization's handyman; he was raised by Maurey and her husband after a friend showed up and left him there as a young boy of five. Roger didn't talk for two years and still doesn't know his history. There is Oly, the oldest man in town, about to turn one hundred. Then there is Lydia. Lydia is Sam's mother but you wouldn't really call her a maternal figure. She is a force of nature, a woman who doesn't care what you think of her as long as you do what she wants and don't ignore her. Lydia has just returned to town after a ten year stint in federal prison. The government doesn't take kindly to women who send poisoned chew toys to the President's dog. All these lives tangle together and lead towards a fateful journey. Lydia believes she knows the truth about Roger's past and talks him into driving her to California to look for what happened to him so many years ago. Since her parole involves her getting the oral history of Oly's life, she brings him along. In California they will encounter Leroy, a felon who kidnapped Roger back when he was five to hurt his mother, and who is now on the loose and wants nothing more than to finish the job by killing him. Sandlin writes a rollicking tale, full of coincidences that somehow work. The tale swoops and soars, twisting back on itself periodically to drop another piece into the puzzle of how these lives are intertwined. Sandlin's writing is rambling and in the genre of Tom Robbins or T.R. Pearson; reminiscent of an Americanized Salman Rushdie, a gushing torrent of words that is unstoppable in its force and that entertains as it sweeps the reader along. This book is recommended for readers interested in an entertaining story that shows the importance of being true to those we love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wats goin on lydia
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lays her head on his shoulder. I wish i could stay like this forever. She leans her head back and french kisses him dragging him down onto the bed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ur the imposter