Outside the Ordinary World

Outside the Ordinary World

by Dori Ostermiller
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Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller

Sylvia Sandon always swore she wouldn't become her mother. But one August morning she finds herself walking the same path as the fervently religious yet faithless Elaine…into an affair she feels powerless to resist.

Against the backdrop of California brush fires in the 1970s, twelve-year-old Sylvia had agreed to hold a secret that would devour her family's dream of happiness. Now struggling to create a better life in small-town New England, Sylvia nonetheless feels caught in the coils of history: she confronts the embers of her dying marriage, the all-consuming needs of her two daughters and her faltering artistic career. Then Tai Rosen—the father of a student—ignites an unexpected passion and a familiar betrayal that could illuminate the past, even as it jeopardizes everything dear.

Outside the Ordinary World reveals what lies beneath the surface of infidelity. But at its heart, it is the story of the powerful, sometimes disturbing bond between mothers and daughters, and the shimmering line between self-revelation and self-destruction….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778328896
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Dori Ostermiller grew up in California and now lives in Northampton, MA with her husband and daughters. Her work has appeared in many journals, including The Bellingham Review, Alligator Juniper, the MA Review and Chautauqua Literary Journal. She earned her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, and is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’ s Grant. Ms. Ostermiller is the founder of Writers in Progress, a local literary arts center. Fire Weather is her first novel.

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Outside the Ordinary World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
SuzanneStrempekShea More than 1 year ago
This novel is outside the ordinary for a whole lot of reasons, the first being the memorable world Ostermiller creates. I love the visual when I read, so I was grabbed right off by the early scene of the trailer full of belongings becoming detached from the family car and actually passing it on the road. I wanted the family to catch up with it, and I found myself reading faster and faster, as if that might have helped. That's how engaged I was in the story, and that's how engaged you'll be. As a former bookseller, I'd especially recommend this to book clubs - much well-woven fodder here for discussion of mother/daughter relationships, family dynamics, and morals and secrets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Family secrets....coming of age....marriage woes....sisters....loneliness.....boredom.....curiosity....affairs....safety....complicated....intriguing.....sex.....loyalty....this book has it all. My first, but not last!, read from Ostermiller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book in the mail having won it in a contest and didn't immediately start it but once I started reading I knew this was an exceptional writer that had a style all her own. The story centers around Sylvia growing up in California and trying to keep her mother's secret of infidelity away from her father but over the years and as a young mother living on the east coast she finds herself in the same situation as her mother only under different circumstances. A book about mother-daughter relationships which will make a great book club read. Looking forward to this author's next book!
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Sylvia Sandon is hoping that this isn't the case. Remembering back on her not so happy childhood days, she spent many of those years moving from place to place while her father completed his residency program to become a doctor. When they finally did settle down in California they began with a dump of a duplex and along the way upgraded into a custom 5 bedroom home through hard work and her father's eventual graduation of becoming a doctor. Through her childhood she remembers her mother, Elaine and her "secret friend," Mr. Robert that would take her and her sister for cream sodas while visiting her mother. They were told never to mention this times to her father and even after moving away to California, Mr. Robert told Elaine he would find her no matter where she went. Sure enough, years later one afternoon at a church potluck, Mr. Robert walked back into her mothers life pretending like nothing had happened at all along the way. Even though it appeared to her that her mother spent countless nights and days alone waiting on her father, she didn't seem like the kind to cheat and she certainly had no plans to follow in her mothers footsteps. Now that she is grown, married and has children of her own, Sylvia is beginning to walk those very same footprints as her mother. At a local coffee shop one day, her daughter Emmie accidently spills coffee on a younger man named Tai and she finds herself agreeing to meet him again for coffee if only to sell him another one of her painted landscapes. Will she wind up exactly like her mom? In the book, Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller, the reader is transported back and forth in Sylvia's memories from present day to childhood and see just how her path parallels her mothers along the way. This book shows the effects that infidelity can have on the entire family and not just between the couple involved. I received this book from TLC Book Tours for my honest review and even as a Christian, I found the book honest as it portrays the self-destruction that can come from illicit affairs among married couples and not like the happily ever after version that Hollywood would have us come to believe. I think most readers would find this book a great read to be able to see things from a different perspective and see just how affairs begin with the innocent offers of coffee. I chose to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars for it's ability to show things from both sides of the fence.
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Lynie More than 1 year ago
Sylvia Sandon and her sister Allison grew up in California in the '70s in a home filled with lies and deceit. Their mother's long-term affair threatened their stability throughout their childhood. The last thing Silvia ever wanted was to be like her mother. Fast forward to a grown up Sylvia, married with her own family and living in New England with a very distant relationship with her mother, both emotionally and geographically An artist, she finds herself unable to focus on her art, except for the portraits she commissions to keep her family above water financially. Her husband, Nathan, is completely obsessed with renovating the county home they bought almost ten years ago while the family continues to live in a rental. His time and their money are invested in the house while Sylvia's discontent grows. It seems that history is repeating itself when Sylvia's own daughter discovers her attraction to Tai Rosen, a local landscape designer. Sylvia finds herself in a struggle to balance her own happiness with the needs of her children and the future of her own family. OUTSIDE THE ORDINARY WORLD is nice women's fiction. Lynn Kimmerle
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dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Sylvia Sandon is a complicated woman, which stems from her complicated childhood. Married with two daughters of her own she finds herself following in the footsteps of her mother, footsteps that she doesn't want to walk in and yet seemingly without conscience thought she's doing. The secrets of her past have found their way into her present and by reliving them finds herself on a precipice she would rather not straddle. Dori Ostermiller gives us a remarkable and unforgettable story of family crisis, family failure and possible triumph and she does it with her amazing skill of storytelling. Her eloquent prose like dialogue takes us deep into the psyche of a troubled woman and the people who surround her. She's not afraid to use hard language to tell us her tale and yet at the same time uses literary phrases to describe a scene or thought that enables her readers the ability to visualize her words. Her characters are all well thought out, three dimensional and all totally necessary to the novel. Her protagonist Sylvia is an exceptionally portrayed character and readers will find themselves entranced by her and will share in her sorrow and cheer in her triumphs and at times will want to slap her silly. This is no romance but there is a thought provoking love story here, one that will make her audience sit up and take notice, one that will resonate within all of us, especially those of us who like me can relate to it. The love scenes are creative and thoughtful and here is where you'll find her most imaginative prose. Outside the Ordinary World is a masterpiece of the written word. It's a hard story to tell and yet one that needs to be told. So if you're looking for a world class piece of literary fiction, a story on the dark side of family turmoil with that all elusive light at the end of the tunnel, then give this wonderful novel a try. It's not an easy read but it's one that needs to be read. So if this is the kind of tale that floats your boat believe me you will not be sorry that you took the plunge. It's bound to get critical accolades, it's that good.
Coastal2 More than 1 year ago
I knew I was in the hands of a strong and confident writer from the very beginning of Outside the Ordinary World. I am fascinated by the indelible stamp of family trauma and how it hangs on like toxic sludge and obviously, so is the author. The main character in Ostermiller's book thinks that a geographic solution (moving 3000 miles from her family)and seeking the polar opposite of her parents will somehow save her from the pain of repeating a disaster. Ostermiller takes us below the surface of relationships and into the danger of nuance and desire. This is a skillful writer and great story.
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