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DISCOVERY AWARD 2012, FICTION

"Secrets and lies suffuse generations of one Pennsylvania family, creating a vicious cycle of cruelty in this historical novel that spans the early 1900s to the 1960s. Raised in a crumbling New England mansion by four women with personalities as split as a cracked mirror, young Francis Grayson has an obsessive need to fix them all. There's his...more
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Published March 10th 2012 by Telemachus (first published January 1st 2012)
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Vicki
FIRST READS WIN: OMG! Where do I begin? I wanted to post regarding this book from the first day I began reading it and several, if not many, times as I read it; however, I forced (literally) myself to wait until I was finished so I could give it a much-deserved fair assessment.

The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright is a suspense novel that is told by three different narrators, Elyse, Francis, and Aiden in three different time frames. I honestly think that this suspense novel is in a category al...more
Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)
This is a family saga that is told from the Point of View of three very different characters. A tale that goes back into as early as the early 1900s and deals with different aspects of a dysfunctional family.

First is Elyse who is uprooted from her familiar surrounding when her mother marries a yesteryear rock star. When she hears her step father use a certain word, she takes it upon herself to find out who he was referring to. She is shown to be a 9 years old when the first chapter of the book...more
Anne Chaconas
I originally agreed to read this book for three reasons: (1) It was described as literary fiction, and I am a litfic writer; (2) I sniff out good litfic like a crazed booksnob bloodhound; and (3) one of the characters is nicknamed "Bean," which is also my daughter's nickname (although I'm not so happy about that particular coincidence now).

I went into the book with elevated expectations, given what I already knew about it and the person who had recommended it to me. I started reading with the kn...more
Hock Tjoa
This novel is very well-written with a strong voice. The voice overwhelms the three points of view from which the story is told: Elysse, the step-daughter; Francis, the step-father, and Aidan, Francis' school teacher and mentor who is friend to both. Each has a small group of significant companions--the wise and good grandfather, the damaged aunt, the lovers, and above all Magdalene, David's mother and the model for the Angry Woman Suite, a set of ten paintings. These paintings were intended, we...more
Literary
The Angry Woman Suite is a complex and moving story told from three different perspectives as it slowly unravels the mystery surrounding the Grayson family over several decades and generations. Every family has a skeleton in their closet, but the Graysons have several. Aidan, who is connected to the family, is just as much of a part of their history as he knows the secrets and shares in some of the guilt associated with them. The Angry Woman Suite is a series of paintings, with Magdalene Grayson...more
Linda
Yes, I would recommend this book - in fact, I may put it on the list for book club next year, But that is a cautious recommendation. Fullbright's style is one that I adore when I'm reading Thomas Hardy, but one that I struggled with here. The "actors" in this play are multi-generational, but they don't relate generationally. So, I was left to question repeatedly Magdalene's relationship with Aidan and Elyse. How did they FIT together?? I felt that many critical characters were not clearly drawn...more
Kimba
I love novels that span generations and focus on one family. Lee Fullbright delivers a suspenseful tale through the voices of characters in The Angry Woman Suite. Spanning history between the early 1900’s and into the 1960’s we get an inside look at a dysfunctional family and its secrets.

The story is told through the voices of Elyse, Francis’s stepdaughter, Francis himself and a friend of the family Aidan Madsen. The tale weaves back and forth from past to present as we learn the chilling story...more
Tara
The description of this novel made me think of The Thorn Birds, which was not my "usual" genre, but which I just LOVED once I picked it up. The settings are different (The Thorn Birds is set in Australia, whereas The Angry Woman Suite is set in America), but both are long-spanning family histories that cover the same time periods (roughly 1915-1970).

The story opens with Elyse sharing the story of her family and life in 1955, when she was five years old. I was immediately drawn into her tale of h...more
LiteraryMarie
The Angry Woman Suite is narrated by three characters: Elyse Bowden Grayson (born 1950), Francis Grayson (born 1928), and Aidan Madsen (born 1880).

I usually don't like novels with too many characters and multiple points of view. Often times, simple is better. There are over twenty characters listed in the beginning of this book for the reader's reference. Early on, I was thrown off because Elyse was born in 1950, yet the first chapter is Elyse in 1955 talking about her first love. Wait. What? Fi...more
Laura
2.5 stars, I guess. I wavered between really kind of hating this book and being completely intrigued by it. I guess that's how I managed to finish it, even though I kept thinking that I didn't like it. I'm usually quite good at giving up on books I don't like. Life is too short.

I marked this as historic fiction, but in reality this story is purely fueled by the characters. It could have been set anywhen. The author cleverly uses interweaving narratives of three different characters to slowly re...more
Cassandra (The Book & Movie Dimension blogger)
--Review courtesy from Book & Movie Dimension a Blog--

Elyse Bowden Grayson an abused girl by her stepfather, Francis Grayson, who although is a talented musician has a horrible temperament and a troubled past. Franci's past all begins with how he truhy believes someone in his family of the "women" he grew up with comitted murder. Francis has always held a certain grudge towards women in his family especially Lothian Grayson, his aunt, who would do horrible to him. All in the name of a person...more
Up All Night Book Addict
Ok. Where to start..... I will start will the positives. This book is told from three different perspectives from three different generations of people. The best way to describe the story is by saying that is the definition dysfunctional relationships in a small town. This book is very relatable, and almost so real. I thoroughly enjoyed these three stories that were all a part of one big story. I thought for sure I had figured out the meaning of the title of this book before I got half way throu...more
Rebecca
Amazing!!!! Totally stellar work by an amazing author. Complicated and well thought out plot, had me hooked from the first page. Great mix of history and story



In her Indie Reader Discovery Award winning book Lee Fullbright brings to us what I feel is essentially a book about secrets. The secrets the hold us together and tear us apart. The secrets that build lifetimes of regret and dysfunction, the secrets that define us.

Combining both historical elements and an engaging and complicated story li...more
Karielle
The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright
Release Date: March 10th, 2012
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Page Count: 366
Source: Complimentary copy provided by publicist, Little Bird Publicity, in exchange for an honest an unbiased review

What Stephanie Thinks: They say there are multiple sides to every story, but what do you do when you hear all of them at once? How do you know which one to believe?

The Angry Woman Suite introduces us to our three tragic heros: Elyse, a young girl who's always just wanted...more
Gretchen
This novel has three main characters - Elyse, Aiden, and Francis - and the story jumps in time from the early 1900s to the mid 1900s based on who is telling their story. Basically, Elyse is the 5 year step-daughter of Francis who has quite a lot of emotional problems. He blames his upbringing of living in his family house surrounded by his mother, aunts, and grandmother who all tormented him in various ways. Aiden is Francis;s music mentor who also knows his family and then gets to know Elyse wh...more
E Maria
Sorry for late review have been sick the past few weeks.

I really enjoyed this book; but, not sure how to write the review.

There are 3 people who tell the story with lots of supporting members throughout their stories.

Starts with a small boy wanting to know how to change angry women; he should know about them as he lives with 3 women who each hates theother for reasons you find as you read the book. It has something to do with the boy but he doesn't understand that. Plus he has a brother who has...more
a_tiffyfit
Review to come. Blog tour.

I thought, after the first chapter, that I had a handle on the title and what it meant. I was totally and completely wrong! This mystery is told from three viewpoints: Elyse, Francis, and Aidan's. Aidan is the central figure and shows up in both Elyse's and Francis's viewpoints as well.

This historical fiction novel addresses the mystery of a celebrity double murder, that of a painter and his wife. It follows a family that is just dysfunction breeding dysfunction for ge...more
Angie
Oct 18, 2012 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Diane
First and foremost, a HUGE thank you to Lee Fullbright - Thank you for writing this amazing debut novel and Thank you for sending me a signed copy ! You are a most talented author and such a kind and giving person ;-)

Told by three inter-twined narrators , this story of dysfunction and craziness is so multi-faceted. The character portrayal brings all the characters to life in such a believable way ( I pray I never meet half of them in person ! ) The plot pulls and twists and turns and teaches a...more
Paulette Mahurin
Lee Fullbright’s The Angry Woman Suite is a special read, not just for the multi-generational story line, but for the brilliance in which this very gifted writer writes, like a seasoned classic composer, master class quality, that makes it hard to believe this is her break out novel, her first. So great is the writing, that for that alone it is worth the read, but then she brings in story, rich in character, with all the aspects of the human condition playing out, like a well honed Shakespeare r...more
Stephanie
This family saga was well done and super intense. Not many happy moments, but redemption always seems possible. The Graysons include two lovely individuals, but the rest are insane. I think maybe Buster was one of my favorite characters. He and Aidan are overshadowed by the fabulous Papa, however. Papa, we could all use a grandpa like you. Meeting you was worth reading the whole book. Elyse, I feel you.
I only hesitated to read this book because I didn't want my darling husband to think I was "...more
Theresa
Jan 09, 2013 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Theresa by: Goodreads and the Author
Fantastic Book- I have found this review super hard to write..... I can not find the right words to express The Angry Woman Suite- I Love It* works for me :) The characters are superb in this story~ full of life and leave you thinking about them long after you've finished reading this book. I found this book extremely hard to put down- The Plot was excellent. The writing flowed well and the story engrossed me from beginning to end. This book has earned the reward received, and I look forward to...more
Linda
I found it a little hard to get into this book but am so glad I kept reading because once I did I found it hard to put down! The book is about a dysfunctional family and all the drama, deceit, anger and abuse in the family. The subject is not a light one and the discomfort I felt at times is proof of the skill of the author. Fullbright's characters as well as his plot are very well constructed and I was drawn in by both. While this family could certainly not be described as likable they made me...more
Laurie F
LOVED this book! Fullbright does a remarkable job of developing the characters - you'll love them, loathe a few, and be utterly fascinated by them all. Their complex personalities and viewpoints weave a path through the history of one family that will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The plot has more twists and turns than Lombard Street, and just as you think you've got it figured out everthing changes - again. This story about seeking truth reminds us that truth can be in the...more
Ron Burgess
How can this be Fiction? The charecters are so real the story must have happened in actual fact, how could Lee make this stuff up going so deep into details of each person and making everything about the book so believable. I have to admit it had been years since I read a book cover to cover and before picking this one up and being so drawn into it, I was thinking "Now why would I want to read anything about an Angry Woman?"...I'm more into old cars or motorcycles but once I started reading I d...more
McGuffy Morris
This intense novel tells a multigenerational story of a complicated family. It is told through different voices over various points in time. Each voice has its own viewpoint, differing greatly but equally important.

We are first introduced to Elyse. She tells the difficult story of her childhood. Much of her early years revolve around her stepfather, Francis. Francis is a renowned musician and very complicated man.

The second voice in this dark saga is Francis. Raised by women with strong, distinc...more
Literary  Chanteuse
One of those intense family sagas that skip from one characters view point to another as well as from a different time period that their view takes place. Incredible family secrets and history that had me quite glued to the story with a little mystery thrown in. There are a lot of characters that contribute greatly and I found more than once I was unable to keep track however the futher into the book I got a better grasp I had. It is well worth the effort to read.
Sharon Martin
A very strong and potent story with emotive scenes which will touch on every human feeling.

The writers style is unique and classic which will appeal to a large range of readers and is one of the best novels I have read this year. The author has created a masterpiece which revolves around three different characters whose life's are interlinked and the circumstances and historic behaviours which make the people who they are today.

A very descriptive writing around human nature and how family traits...more
Pamela Bailey
I loved this book! Beautifully written- A memorable story filled with wonderfully developed characters who remain with you long after you finish the book! Match that with interesting historical tidbits and an intriguing plot and you've got a recipe for one great novel. Hope to read more from this author.
Heather
This was a great read. I loved the multiple narrators, the family dysfunction, the generational consequences of each character's actions, the mystery in figuring out who was related to who and how, and the historical backdrop of multiple American wars. Loved it!
Amy Ammons


Highly recommended! This book requires great focus because of all the characters and the timeline jumping around. My brain feels like mashed potatoes now...need to recover. I guess I'll find an easy read for my next book to give my brain a rest...
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Lee Fullbright lives in San Diego, CA, on beautiful Point Loma, with her Australian cattle dog, Baby Rae (owner of her heart). Her historical psychological-suspense novel, The Angry Woman Suite, a Kirkus Critics’ Pick, won a Discovery Award, a Royal Dragonfly H.M., and the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, as well as the SD Geisel Award for "best of the best."

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