The Year Marjorie Moore Learned to Live

The Year Marjorie Moore Learned to Live

by Christie Grotheim


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Marjorie Moore always wants more—and often feels she ends up with less. Forever searching elsewhere, she is consumed with wanting, or in her opinion, needing. Feeling trapped by her town and her family, she escapes through shopping, pill popping, and fantasizing about a possible affair with a friend from high school. Her growing credit card debt “forces” her to sell prescription drugs—which she secures at her receptionist job at the local hospital—to her dysfunctional friends. As her web of lies at home and work unravels, Margie struggles to become present in her own life.

Astute and provocative, Grotheim’s prose captures many of life’s dichotomies—duplicity versus authenticity, recklessness versus stability, and searching versus finding—in this moving debut novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942762461
Publisher: Heliotrope Books LLC
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 214
Sales rank: 686,748
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

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The Year Marjorie Moore Learned to Live 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Loved* this book! I fell right into it - it is dark but funny and it is completely engaging. On the surface, I have little in common with Marjorie and yet her experience is so (depressingly) relatable. One of her bigger issues is one that I think a lot of people are facing these days: How to be present and content in our own lives, especially in this moment of social media and online distraction. Don't want to give the end away but it was wonderful to read along with her journey. This is a fantastic literary debut from Christie Grotheim. Looking forward to seeing what she does next!
Phyllis4707 More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the author for a free copy of this book. My thoughts/opinions are my own. This is really a 3.5 star rating. I liked Marjorie, despite her dysfunction and poor decision-making. She means well but thinks more about herself than anyone else including her family, friends, and co-workers. Margie's mistakes and poor behavior pile up until she is buried by them, and one thing that kept me reading was to find out how she was going to overcome the prescription drug addiction, credit card debt, infidelity, weak relationship with her kids, probation at work, and her self-absorption. No spoilers other than the title, so you know she does "learn to live."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading the book a second time was just as pleasurable as the first. Christie Grotheim captures Marjorie Moore's character perfectly - her day to day life, hilarious inner musings, and her gradual descent and evolution. The book is a success and not just because of Grotheim's engaging writing. The journey of Marjorie Moore carries a universal message reminding us to wake up to our lives; to love and relish in life, all the small moments as well as the big ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I was able to read an advanced reader copy. Marjorie Moore is so frustrating and yet endearing! Regardless of the bad decisions she continues to make, I can't help rooting for her throughout the book! Grotheim captures the cyclical fights that can quickly explode in marriage, as well as so many quirky things that make us human. I saw myself and my husband in her life-like characters as we navigate this busy life of marriage, parenting, working, etc. I highly recommend this book!
Will_B More than 1 year ago
'The Year Marjorie Moore Learned to Live' is a trenchant dissection of middle-class suburbia and the habits of the late Gen X crowd, full of scalpel-sharp humor and innumerable needling details. The title character lives in a dream, experiencing existence through a haze of prescription drug highs, the mirage-world of Facebook, and an aspirational consumerism enabled by credit card debt and Middle-aged and a mother, trapped in a dull development outside Dallas, she yearns for a more urban and urbane future and craves to recapture scraps of her more hopeful past. Her husband and two kids often register as little more than intrusions on her daily fantasy life. To finance her compulsive purchases, Margie begins soliciting prescriptions from the doctors at the hospital where she works and selling the pills to her loose group of friends and acquaintances. And to feed her need for romance and excitement, she begins a fast-escalating online affair with an old high school crush. Grotheim knows her setting and her characters intimately, and her control of pacing and structure keeps the plot compact. It's everything you wanted to know about northeastern Texas but were afraid to find out. Her touch stays deft, never heavy-handed, even in the book's most devastating sequences. My only quibble is that (*SPOILER*) Margie escapes the story chastened but unscathed, shedding her superficiality and self-absorption for a fresh and engaged outlook with relatively little external prodding. I expected Margie's selfishness to bring down much rougher consequences on herself and her family, leading to a far harsher catharsis. But you might be less pessimistic than me, so don't let that deter you. It's a fine debut novel, and I'm excited for what Grotheim brings us next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Margie Mood is in serious debt and the way she deals with it some more. Of course this causes stress....take a little pill. Ms. Grotheim deals with a serious problem in at times an amusing way, but doesn’t trivialize it. This story stayed with me long after I read it because it deals with some interesting topics such as marriage, family life, and learning how to learn to live in the moment. I highly recommend this book. Full disclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hilarious and thought-provoking novel about a woman who gets herself into some serious sh*t. Marjorie takes us on a whirlwind adventure of the mind and heart, through the desolate landscape of Prairie Mound, TX. She's looking for more—Moore—and loses track of herself as she tries to find it. The book is super funny and impossible to put down—Grotheim's unique voice stuck with me long after finishing the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lucky to receive a pre-release copy of this novel and found myself caught up in the unvarnished descriptions of Marjorie's affairs. Ms. Grotheim captures her foibles, missteps, and personal triumphs so photographically, she transforms the reader to voyeur. This book grips you and you won't want to put it down. -- Jen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cheered for Marjorie Moore through this fast-paced study of one woman's dissatisfactions and longings for a better life. Margie is such a flawed-- but likable-- character. I was gobsmacked by her self-delusion and decision-making process. Such a fun and smart debut novel by Christie Grotheim! Looking forward to more from her!
Vigil Chimé More than 1 year ago
There came a point I could not put the book down. I consumed Margie’s life with my jaw dropped and my eyes popping at her numerous mis-adventures. Here was a full-fledged adult – a mother, wife, friend, employee – twisting her life into crisis mode to fulfill base desires. Grotheim perfectly paints Margie’s inner life, made her such a believable character that while I watched Margie’s actions in disbelief, I never for once doubted her. Some of the best fiction are ones that read like non-fiction. THE YEAR MARJORIE MOORE LEARNED TO LIVE is one such book, poured onto the page with such realistic strokes I might as well have been reading about a real life character. I recommend it highly to anyone who wishes to understand why any middle-aged woman who has everything would nevertheless almost throw it all away for wanting more. VIGIL CHIME Winner 2017 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A stunner of a novel! Author Christie Grotheim has shone a hard spotlight on those who, at times, gaze over the horizon instead of looking right ahead. A wonderfully written novel about anxiety, drug abuse, lust and redemption through the eyes of a flawed yet endearing central character, this is enjoyably confronting reading with a worthy payoff. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have ever gotten bored with your life and used social media to fuel your escapist fantasies, you will connect with Marjorie Moore. Grotheim's realization of this complex woman leads the reader through Marjorie's most desperate desires (and her sometimes dangerous methods of fulfilling them) with a concerned but friendly understanding. Through her heart and well-timed wit, Grotheim shapes Marjorie, her life, and her relationships, admirably resisting what might otherwise be a trite cautionary tale. I highly recommend this book, and anything by Grotheim--an extremely talented humorist and novelist.
jwill116 More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a very entertaining read and loved peering into the life of the quirky Marjorie Moore. She is a bit of a train wreck and quite unlike any person I've known; at moments, it felt almost painful to read of her superficialities, self-deprecating habits, and self-absorbed state of oblivion; however, she is also warm and relatable, and you end up loving her - insecurities and all. The author has a clever humor and brilliant sense of imagery that make the character and story come to life in a most enjoyable way. It is a lighthearted and fun read, while also introducing thought-provoking themes throughout that leave you inspired to live for the things that matter most and not waste this one and only life constantly wanting for more.
JillWoodward More than 1 year ago
I took an advance copy of this book on vacation, and was sucked in right away, saving nothing for the flight home! The main character, Marjorie Moore, is basically the opposite of what I want to be. While Margie is cringe-worthy, the skill of Christie Grotheim's writing made me route for her, laugh with her, and eventually stop judging her. Grotheim's talent made me empathize & understand through humor, even while she tackled big contemporary philosophical themes like addiction & maternity. It's no lightweight romp, but it is definitely funny. I recommend this book, and look forward to more by this author.
rothmaa More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy of this novel, which I read with great interest, thrilled to discover this utterly engaging and original new voice. Grotheim’s debut novel is a page-turner. The writing is sophisticated and effortless, and the story hooked me from the start. Marjorie Moore is one of those unforgettable characters in fiction that simply stays with you long after you’ve put the book down—A modern Madame Bovary living in a small suburban town in Texas she despises. Grotheim masterfully takes the reader into the mind of Marjorie, who has everything (a caring husband, two fabulous children, and a job she enjoys) yet is utterly unhappy with her lot, and feels that life has cheated her of what she deserves. Marjorie embarks on a relentless quest to feel fulfilled, at the risk of ruining her family and her sanity. Tragic and also comical at times, the story is realistic and, as such, fascinating.