Some Other Town: A Novel

Some Other Town: A Novel

by Elizabeth Collison

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ISBN-13: 9780062348821
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 969,770
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Collison grew up in the Midwest and now lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has worked as an editor, graphic artist, and technical writer. This is her first novel.

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Some Other Town 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JeremyA More than 1 year ago
Some Other Town, Elizabeth Collison's debut novel, is a remarkable and quirky midwestern tale. Margaret Benning, our protagonist, is a seemingly typical mid-to-late twenties woman who's trying to figure out the world, and her place in it. In the midst of that, she encounters some of the liveliest and quirkiest characters I've come across in literature. Bouncing between the incredibly relateable and the wholly surreal, Some Other Town isn't necessarily a page turner, but its beautiful prose will keep you flipping. Even better, the ending will have you re-thinking what you read in the best way possible, and I guarantee you'll want to be talking about it with your friends and family. I love reading stories that are set in my cultural and geographic roots, and this Iowa-set story doesn't disappoint.
AnnieJohns More than 1 year ago
The main character, Margaret, is also the narrator, and her smart, funny way of looking at the world kept me reading. Margaret's story of her search for the vanished Ben Adams made me curious, made me laugh, and sometimes brought me to tears. I also liked the ending and felt it led the book's storylines together in a surprising and satisfying way. Margaret lives in a small university town that's more than a little skewed. Her life there is split between her house on Mott Street where she lives next to a crazy woman and her work at a children's textbook publisher in an old building on the outskirts of town. The building once was a sanatorium and still seems to be haunted by one last ghost. It also houses a set of odd, inept editors, one who speaks through a hand puppet. Suspended between these two halves of town, Margaret's life has become stalled. But then Margaret meets and falls for Ben Adams, a visiting professor at the local university, and their romance gives her hope - until the day he mysteriously disappears. Because the book made me care for both Margaret and Ben, I found the subsequent story of her search for Ben greatly mattered. And ultimately for me, the book also became a story of what in general matters - in Margaret's case, love, lose and the possibility of second chances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to the end though I wanted to stop on many occasions. I believe the writing style made it more difficult and perhaps is the reason I couldn't really get into it. I thought the story was awesome and would have been better served had the author not used such exaggerated sentence structure. I felt a kinship to Margaret though and thank the author for introducing her to me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, didn't expect the ending .
birdy3 More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth’s novel Some Other Town is a brilliant must read book. From the first word to the last Elizabeth uses words like a painter uses paint, describing the settings, personal musings and subjects with delightful intelligence. The characters are unique and intriguing. The plot filled with twists and unexpected turns. I give her book 5 stars as it is worthy of all five.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need to stop anyone from reading this! I make it a point to read my books to the finish (even if bad)... I tried but could not make it past page 174 out of 203. Awful. Horrible. Terrible