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Off Keck Road por Mona Simpson
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Off Keck Road (edição 2000)

por Mona Simpson

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In this flawless novella, Mona Simpson turns her powers of observation toward characters who, unlike Ann and Adele August in her bestselling Anywhere but Here, choose to stay rather than go. As a high school student in Green Bay, Bea Maxwell raised money for good causes; later, she became a successful real estate agent and an accomplished knitter. The one thing missing from her life is a romantic relationship. She soon settles comfortably into the role of stylish spinster and do-gooder. Woven into Bea's story are stories of other lifelong residents of Green Bay and the changes time brings to a town and its residents. This pure and simple work once again proves Mona Simpson one of the defining writers of her generation.… (mais)
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Título:Off Keck Road
Autores:Mona Simpson
Informação:Knopf (2000), Edition: 1st ed, Hardcover, 176 pages
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Huh? How did this get on my list? None of my GR friends have enjoyed it, I've not read anything else by the author, the blurb says little that appeals... In any case, I read to p. 16 and already was totally confused by all the names and r'ships. It wasn't the first time she saw Keck Road" is a line that is adjacent to a person who grew up on Keck Road, so who's the She?, And that line is part of a scene in the school gym, so what's the It? Pfah."
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
I am giving this one 2 1/2 stars because I didn't dislike it, but I also didn't like it. I found it to be a strange book. I think the premise is to tell of the life and times of a particular street, and the people impacted by it. It seemed to be a little disjointed and lacked a good flow. Not really recommending this one. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
I had heard rave reviews about this book. It won the Faulkner Award finalist label; but I was disappointed! Along with being a hard read, I couldn't follow the characters. It took a while to determine who the main character was! Anyway, it follows Bea through her life in a small midwestern town. I should say, her BORING life. I could not see the point to this book and don't understand the award at all. (It was also a Talking Volumes Book) ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 28, 2013 |
The story starts off being about Bea Maxwell but then veers away to take in other members on and off Keck Road. The character placement seems jumbled. New characters appear without clear introduction or connection to Bea. I felt I needed a chart to keep characters straight. However, character development was brilliant, intimate even. When we first meet Bea, she is a college girl, home on vacation in the 1950s. She has certain definable traits that stay with her throughout the rest of the novella, ending in the 1980s. It's a portrait of a woman who never leaves her small town. Her life never really takes her beyond Green Bay, Wisconsin's city limits without reeling her back in. ( )
  SeriousGrace | May 26, 2009 |
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Any reviewer's taste is limited. To say one doesn't like a book should not necessarily be to condemn it. There are many good books which I don't greatly like; I feel that this may be one and that, alchemically, it simply didn't work with me or for me.
adicionada por Shortride | editarThe Independent, Salley Vickers (Sep 8, 2001)
 
There will undoubtedly be readers who find Simpson's pointillist turn of mind disappointing, who long for the tighter embrace of her larger works. These readers should be patient: ''Off Keck Road'' marks the place where origin leaves off and improvisation begins.
 
In "Off Keck Road," Simpson has written the great Green Bay novel. Granted, this is a literary category for which she has little competition, but when you consider that she barely mentions the Packers, it's no mean feat.
adicionada por Shortride | editarSalon, Patrica Kean (Nov 6, 2000)
 
Simpson has written a graceful novel about the compromises and surrenders hidden beneath the surfaces of quiet, uneventful lives.
 
OFF KECK ROAD packs a powerful wallop into 167 pages --- a paean to those who live their own lives in their own way and are happy with that. Isn't that what everybody wants anyway? A lovely book.
 
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In this flawless novella, Mona Simpson turns her powers of observation toward characters who, unlike Ann and Adele August in her bestselling Anywhere but Here, choose to stay rather than go. As a high school student in Green Bay, Bea Maxwell raised money for good causes; later, she became a successful real estate agent and an accomplished knitter. The one thing missing from her life is a romantic relationship. She soon settles comfortably into the role of stylish spinster and do-gooder. Woven into Bea's story are stories of other lifelong residents of Green Bay and the changes time brings to a town and its residents. This pure and simple work once again proves Mona Simpson one of the defining writers of her generation.

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