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There Is Room for You: A Novel

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  114 ratings  ·  17 reviews
"A richly endowed memory piece...Bacon is a seductive and gifted storyteller."--Maureen Howard, author of A Lover's Almanac

Anna Singer, a charmingly independent young New Yorker, feels derailed after losing her father to a car accident and her husband to a younger woman. She books a trip to India, hoping that there she will be able to put her grief into perspective. Though
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Picador (first published April 1st 2004)
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Adriana Martinez
It is not unusual to dislike the main character of a book as this in no way speaks to the significance of any novel. Conversely, when the novel ultimately surrenders to poor writing and a dull story line it becomes a noticeable and annoying flaw in any novel.

I initially thought I had stumbled upon a work of literary significance and continued to believe that several chapters into the book. It is clear that the author understands language as well as the important correlation between language and
I really enjoyed this book. it was about a woman's journey through India, and also through her mother's diary - which her mother had given her. I loved that the ending wasn't hollywood happy because she needed time to figure out what she wanted before she jumped into things she wasn't sure she ready for. Plus the descriptions of India in two different time periods
(contemporary through her eyes and much earlier through her mother's diary) was super interesting to me.
Katie Logan Richardson
i'm always on the lookout for novels set in India... i've been twice, hoping to take my husband next of my favorite quotes from the book: "there's room enough for all of us, there has to be."
What initially attracted me to this book was India as a setting and the contrasts of modern India, pre-war/pre-Partitian India, and 1970's Maine. I also was attracted to the contrasts of a mother and daughter's voices across geographical and chronological space. Anna's story occurs in 1992, where she attempts to uncover her mother's past while mourning her father through her mother's writings, written during her youth in Calcutta. Rose's, the mother, story takes place in 1940's India, which is s ...more
I am having a really hard time getting into this book.
Aug 03, 2012 Mona rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I loved reading this book that wove the stories of a mother and daughter together so beautifully. The two main characters shared their hearts and eventually the daughter came to understand her mother. I will have to admit that I wished for a more satisfying (finished) ending and went on to invent one in my mind. I could feel India as if I were right there while reading. Being transported to another time and place and into other lives is one of the reasons I love to read. That's why this book wit ...more
Doranne Long
Well written; reads as a non-fiction book. Good attempt to describe the sights, sounds, smells of India, even though the country is enormous, and beyond description. Good storytelling with resulting empathy as we learn of women's heart breaks.
Though I didn't expect the surprise towards the end, I found this book extremely slow and rather boring. I felt nothing for any of the characters.
I liked the chapters from the mother's history so much better than the daughter's chapters.
Mixed feelings about this book. Enjoyed parts of it and then it would drag on. Took 6 weeks to read because I would find something else to read. Very descriptive, a narrative writing. Nearly like story telling.
Finished the book and have more questions, but have a better understanding of the period which England was ending their control of India. The Achnowledgements is of interest to any who has an interest in who supported the development of the novel in which UNH and St. Paul's School played a
I really enjoyed this book. I can't quite figure out what it was I enjoyed so much, but I think it's this: The narrative is interwoven with different philosophies and religions, but you're never preached to. Just exposed to different ideas. Also, the ending isn't all pretty, tied up in a bow. Life and relationships are messy, and complicated, and this book acknowledges that. Not every problem is solved, not everything turns out perfect. A very satisfying book.
Sep 10, 2012 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars
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After her father dies and her husband leaves her, American Anna travels to India in an attempt to discover more about her private mother who was raised there. Interwoven through Anna's story is her mother Rose's journal which tells of her growing up in India during the fight for Indian independence.
Lyrical writing and evocative descriptions of India.
I really enjoyed the story and the writing (though my book group panned it.) But I recommended it to two other friends who also thought it was a lovely story.
I had trouble with this one. Nothing grabbed my attention and pulled me forward. I thought it got better towards the end though.
Carolyn Feltus-atkinson
It had some interesting moments and ideas but it was somewhat confusing and dragged at times.
Good story of seeking meaningful connections and reconnections among kin and others.
Feb 22, 2010 Lu marked it as to-read
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