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Songs in Ordinary Time (edição 1996)

por Mary McGarry Morris

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It's the summer of 1960 in Atkinson, Vermont. Maria Fermoyle is a strong but vulnerable divorced woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for dangerous con man Omar Duvall. Marie's children are Alice, seventeen--involved with a young priest; Norm, sixteen--hotheaded and idealistic; and Benny, twelve--isolated and misunderstood, and so desperate for his mother's happiness that he hides the deadly truth he knows about Duvall. We also meet Sam Fermoyle, the children's alcoholic father; Sam's brother-in-law, who makes anonymous "love" calls from the bathroom of his failing appliance store; and the Klubock family, who--in contrast to the Fermoyles--live an orderly life in the house next door. Songs in Ordinary Time is a masterful epic of the everyday, illuminating the kaleidoscope of lives that tell the compelling story of this unforgettably family.… (mais)
Membro:JayneWarren
Título:Songs in Ordinary Time
Autores:Mary McGarry Morris
Informação:Penguin Books, Paperback, 740 pages
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Avaliação:*****
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With writing like this, HOW can people give this book low ratings and negative reviews?

[On a bus trip] He was distantly aware of the wheels turning under them, the stench of exhaust through the dusty sliding windows, and beside him, the wet crunch of Lucille's pointy teeth into a pear.

[Keep in mind this is happening at a formal business dinner!!!] Biggs was a carpet installer from Detroit whose bad knees had ordained a new line of work. His life's savings as well his mother's had been invested in Presto. "Hear that?" he'd asked Omar during the cocktail hour, raising each leg up and down. 'That's cartilage crunching."

I enjoy so much, getting to scrutinize other people's miserable lives. And I love how we get into the characters heads and know all their dramatic thoughts.

Please, Mary McGarry Morris, let all your other books be this good!!! This one goes on my favorites shelf, but, I put the paperback itself directly into the trash. Why? Because the printer or bookbinder really screwed up. There were 60-ish pages missing in the middle and then a whole section of pages were in the book twice!! Luckily, the ebook is an "always available" title on Hoopla so I was able to download it, read the missing pages on Hoopla, and then return to the paperback. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
A story about a family. Marie, divorced, caring for her two teenaged children, Alice and Norm, and near-teen Benjy, twelve. It is 1960 in Atkinson, Vermont.

Marie is having a hard time of it and makes sure everyone knows it, especially her children. Desperate for appreciation and caring, she falls for a man who shows up on her doorstep one day. Omar Duvall has just escaped from the clutches of his former associates in a con game, and is, of course, an excellent con man. He knows a good thing when he sees it. Although Marie is poor she helps him with money and the loan of her car, and invites him for dinner every night. She is, however, scrupulous about appearances in some ways, so resists his sexual advances.

Meanwhile, Benji, who wants nothing more than to please everyone and to have everything run smoothly, hides what he knows about Omar. It isn't certain anyway, just who the man is. He sees that Omar makes his mother happy and he wants her to be happy more than anything else.

Norm and Alice are not starry-eyed about this intruder. Over time, however, Omar manages to insert himself into their lives as well, bringing about a kind of acceptance.

This lengthy, detailed tale revolves around Omar and how his presence affects this family. It is also very much about Alice and her search for something lost, her "fall", you might say.

I kept wanting Omar to be gone and a few times I had reason to hope he was, but the bad penny kept showing up. Thus the suspense builds and the lives bend to adjust. All while a neighbor watches. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
I hated it. This book turned me off of Oprah picks forever. ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
I'm trying to think of an Oprah selection that did not deliver and can't come up with one. This book has sat on the shelf for some time. Perhaps the sheer volume of the book put me off. But once into it, I can not put it down. And here I am , three days later, 4am, wide awake trying not to think of the book and how the ENORMOUS cast of characters, some central others superficial, could possibly come to a satisfying conclusion! I'll let you know when I complete the last 100 pages after a few hours sleep.

This is the thing, life is messy. Things don't always turn out the way wed like. But, most resolved. Some characters left dangling but I enjoyed the open door for Blue and Alice. ( )
  Alphawoman | Feb 14, 2019 |
No stars...one of the most painful reading experiences...next to Atlas Shrugged
  jslantz1948 | Sep 15, 2018 |
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On the day that Duvall come Benjamin Fermoyle was twelve.
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It's the summer of 1960 in Atkinson, Vermont. Maria Fermoyle is a strong but vulnerable divorced woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for dangerous con man Omar Duvall. Marie's children are Alice, seventeen--involved with a young priest; Norm, sixteen--hotheaded and idealistic; and Benny, twelve--isolated and misunderstood, and so desperate for his mother's happiness that he hides the deadly truth he knows about Duvall. We also meet Sam Fermoyle, the children's alcoholic father; Sam's brother-in-law, who makes anonymous "love" calls from the bathroom of his failing appliance store; and the Klubock family, who--in contrast to the Fermoyles--live an orderly life in the house next door. Songs in Ordinary Time is a masterful epic of the everyday, illuminating the kaleidoscope of lives that tell the compelling story of this unforgettably family.

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