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When Tess Winterstone returns to her suburban childhood home after almost 30 years to attend a high school reunion, memories flood back, firmly shut doors open, and the betrayal by her father decades earlier comes to rest. Masterfully weaving the complexities of familial love and rosy 1950s suburban life with the dark underside of such a reality, Mary Morris movingly portr ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Picador (first published 2000)
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Jacob Graves
Acts of God starts out in the life of a daughter of a traveling insurance salesman named Tess. Tess learned early on that no matter how much you love or cherish something, weather it be work, love, or a home nothing is safe. This fact of life she tries to ignore, but when she goes home for her high school reunion she is met by these destructive forces that have made her the women she is today. Tess tells the story in first person and never says much about herself and keeps to the point she want ...more
Michael Armijo
Nov 02, 2010 Michael Armijo rated it liked it
A story of feeling trapped and attempts to finding a way out...


This was a pretty good book, but not the ultimate greatest. I think I found it via a recommended reading list by another author, Michael Cunningham. It alternates each chapter from childhood to present day which can be an interesting way to parallel a story. It follows the story of a middle-aged woman with grown children who finally finds happiness. This novel could be construed as a story intertwined with self help for anyone. The t
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Fascinating read, tale of family disfunction and how childhood trauma clashes with adult desire.
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A sad but beautiful story. A quick read and well-worth your time.
Gwynne
Jan 26, 2011 Gwynne rated it liked it
Solid novel that follows an adult 1st person narrator who is haunted by her past. Ms. Morris does a great job of blending present action with past (memory).
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I was born in Chicago and, though I have lived in New York for many years, my roots are still in the Midwest and many of my stories are set there. As a writer my closest influences are Willa Cather and F. Scott Fitzgerald. I travel as much as I can and travel fuels everything I do. When I travel, I keep extensive journals which are handwritten and include watercolors, collage as well as text. All ...more
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