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Beaming Sonny Home
The acclaimed author of A Marriage Made At Woodstockdelivers a funny, poignant novel about the complicated love between a mother and her son. When her wayward boy Sonny takes two women and a poodle hostage in his ex-wife's trailer, Mattie finds herself at the center of a drama that has the whole nation glued to their TV's.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Gallery Books
(first published 1996)
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I savored this book as one of the best character studies I've ever read. After many years of creating a garden, Mattie has decided not to grow anything this summer--a symbol of her state of mind regarding her status quo. Pelletier invites reader's into Mattie's interior reflections and responses to her children, her deceased husband, her neighbors, and her own choices, as she and they live through the drama of Sonny's taking hostages, a drama mediated through the news on television. Because Sonn ...more
Cathie Pelletier is funny, and this book, set in Mattagash, Maine, will be especially funny to anyone (probably female) who suspects that Mothers favor their sons over their daughters. Her paragraphs are sometimes way too long, but there is lots to laugh about, and she wraps everything up with a surprise (to me, anyway) ending.
A wonderful rainy day read and I really enjoyed this book, all except for the wrap-it-all-up, too rushed ending. A lot of books seem to go on and on way after they have reached what I feel would have been a good ending, but not this book. I think the author could have added 50 or so more pages and tied up a lot of the loose ends that were left flapping in the breeze.
An excellent book about a working class family from Maine. Along the lines of Carolyn Chute, but much nicer. Mattie has 4 children, 3 daughters and a son. Her philandering husband has died. All of her kids have grown up. The daughters are married with children of their own. Her son is her favorite because the girls have always given her trouble. Now her son is in trouble, and the girls come home while their brother's drama plays out on television. Sad but sweet book with a happy ending. Apparent ...more
I liked the story. It was more personal than some of her other stories and it was very current. I was surprised at the ending. I thought Sonny would come home, but life isn't like that. I've read most of her other stories and this one is one of the best. I would recommend it!
Interesting book about re-examining your life decisions during a crisis: Mattie's son has taken 2 women hostage because he wants his dog back from his estranged wide (and likes the attention it brings). Mattie must face her own decisions and the ones her children have made.