Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
Emilia Greenleaf believed that she had found her soulmate, the man she was meant to spend her life with. But life seems a lot less rosy when Emilia has to deal with the most neurotic and sheltere...more
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Pregnant mothers, especially those who have experienced a previous loss, should not read this while pregnant (or immediately after baby's arrival... not that you have time to read then...more
The beginning was slow, and I didn't even think I was going to get to the middle - as much as I loathe doing it, I thought it was going to have to be one of those books I just don't ever finish. And then...something happened. Nothing concrete. No huge plot twists or dramas. But I connected with the...more
A few critics drew parallels between Emilia's life and the author's own; after all, Waldman achieved some sort of fame last year after she publicly announced that she loved her husband, novelist Michael Chabon, more than her four children. Alter-ego or not, Emilia and her evolving relationship with William take center stage here. But while some critics saw Emilia as narcissistic and wallowing in self-pity, others viewed her as a witty, resilient woman honest with her foibles. Critics similarly s...more
This book reminded me of The Nanny Diary and the Bridget Jones books in as much as it asked me to feel sympathetic towards a narrator I had no reason to feel sympathy for. The narrator came across as shallow, self-pitying and no one I would care to have a conversation with, let alone follow al...more
For the first several chapters of this book I couldn't stand Emilia, the self-absorbed, husband-stealing, evil stepmother, protagonist of this book. Perhaps because she was just so DIFFERENT from me? Yes, she had j...more
This would be an interesting book to do for book club, if onl...more
I still can't figure out of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is chick-lit or not. On the one hand, it's sort of a chick-lit subject: a woman needs...more
LAOIP is about a lawyer named Emilia who falls madly, desperately in love with Jack, a nice Jewish lawyer who -whoops - happens to be married. Jack resists until he can't anymore and they end up together. Cliche.
Interesting, not cliche aspects that I appreciated:
1 - The id...more
The character isn't terribly likable, but that isn't fair as she just lost her daughter. A two day old child. Grief is a powerful, life changing thing.
I couldn't put the book down, reading it in two days. I had to know what happened next, would her marriage survive, would she have another kid, could Carolyn be anymore of a bitch? But, I didn't love it. It wraps up too neatly, too cute for me.
Halfway through reading this, I thought i should read more books with female protagonists b...more
Ho avuto due fasi di lettura:
la prima dove stavo LETTERALMENTE odiando i personaggi..tutti..nessuno escluso:
EMILIA: col suo autocommiserarsi su tutto (ok la perdita della figlia e lo shock....ma...) e questa rabbia repressa nei confronti del figlioccio;
CAROLYNE: madre isterica e moglie frustrata che non accetta ancora che la sua famiglia sia finita..e senza rendersene conto fa del male a suo figlio;
I had hoped that a work of fiction might make me like this author a little more than I did after reading her non-fiction. I don't.
"Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" was delightful for me because I am a new yorker living in the rural west and I enjoy hearing about my home. If you love Central Park and New York City, the long narratives describing the p...more
So, knowing that, the book is pretty grim and sad. Emilia Greenleaf Woolf is a Jewish lawyer who is married to Jack, a prominent NYC attorney. Emilia is 10 years younger, and she usurps Jack's perfect marriage + child and marries into a family. The book circles around...more
I found it very hard to sympathize with Emilia and her efforts to deal with the loss of Isabel. I may have their names wrong. I did feel like the author did a wonderful job of developing the characters and I'll probably like the novel better after I think about it a few weeks. This was my first book told from the point of view of a "home wrecker". It did kind of feel like she shouldn't have expected happily ever after. The family dynamics were most likely spot on - vindictive, je...more
Emilia Greenleaf is not the perfect stepmom. She is filled with grief for the loss of her baby, Isabel, and everyone expects her to go on as though nothing ever happened. Well, she can’t. She never could abide her stepson, William, who is five years old and a know-it-all. And she really cannot stand William’s mother, Carolyn, who clearly ha...more