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When All Is Said and Done: A Novel

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A distinctive portrait of a 1960s marriage by debut novelist Robert Hill

Eight years and four jobs and five pregnancies and meetings and train schedules and formula and diapers and deadlines and clients and mortgage and croup and a revolving door of baby nurses and Dan stagnating in that civilian job I convinced him to take when the Air Force wanted him back for Korea of al
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Graywolf Press (first published 2006)
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Apr 08, 2008 Callie rated it liked it
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This is a nice book. I liked the story, the story of a marriage told from both points of view, but there were a lot of gaps in it. It's written in a sort of flow of consciousness style, with a lot of very long, run-on, type sentences. The wife here is a real go-getter, career woman and the book takes place in the late 50's through the 60's. Her husband was a soldier who was the subject of some sort of army experiment that has ruined his health. His wife fell in love with his masculinity, but as ...more
Robert Hill's first novel, When All is Said & Done is an illuminating meditation on marriage: first the brilliant shock of love, soon followed by the minutiae of domestic life, the chaos of child rearing, the interference of career, the fighting, the bristling, the settling, the sense of family despite all, the eventual crisis, and the recovery -- or not -- from that crisis. Told in alternating chapters; first the wife, and then the husband, a portrait of marriage begins to appear: both happ ...more
Kelli Beck
Aug 14, 2011 Kelli Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to say that I didn't like this book because it made me feel sad while reading it, but the truth is that it was beautiful and I loved it. Robert Hill's writing flows like poetry. I was off put by the rhythm but after a few paragraphs I couldn't put it down.

The characters, Myrmy and Dan take turns narrating the story, and seem very real. It's a simple story of two people in the '50's-60's raising a family with the woman as the breadwinner instead of the man. Myrmy's friends are cliqu
May 15, 2010 Meagan rated it liked it
This book gets three stars because I think it goes way overboard with the metaphors. I like that this story wasn't so much a story of who did what to get to there and how this situation happened...but more a snapshot into the lives of Myrmy and Dan and their family, and when it did that I enjoyed what the story was about and thought it was at it's strongest. It's when the descriptions become existential and the sentences last for two paragraphs that my mind would wander.

Maybe it's just me becau
Apr 28, 2014 Rhonda rated it liked it
I enjoy reading local authors!
Ariel Starzinski
Jun 13, 2015 Ariel Starzinski rated it liked it
Stream of consciousness style feels a bit cumbersome at times. The reader glimpses the realities of life through the eyes of husband and wife- memories, the journey, joys, difficulties and losses. At times, though the story is heavy with cliched metaphor. Get past this, and there's some memorable bits artfully constructed.
John Parker
Aug 24, 2010 John Parker rated it it was amazing
AN amazing book that shows a true writer at work. Pitch perfect in capturing the swirl of family life, love, friends, children, sex. And through it all Mr Hill treats his characters with a clear eye as well and sympathy and even tenderness. I think this book is a must read.
Feb 17, 2010 Omri rated it it was amazing
This book is a hidden gem. It is the most subtle and poetic meditation on love, life, and marriage that I have ever read. The writing style is unlike anything else.
Angie Agerter
May 03, 2011 Angie Agerter rated it it was ok
Thank goodness for the ending of this book. I didn't enjoy this book though, but the ending made the read worthwhile.
Dec 30, 2010 Jackie rated it liked it
A very strange book.
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