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Preview — The Brambles by Eliza Minot
What I really loved was the perspective on motherhood. The descriptions showing the tho ...more
Per the back cover, this book is about a woman who is struggling with the death of her mother. However, every character thinks in riddles and lists. The run on sentences were awful and I got so sick of 17 descriptive terms all separated by commas. I guess it was supposed to be poetic, but it was so hard to follow that I would zone out fo ...more
In my opinion there are basically two different writing styles.
1. People who are blessed with the gift of writing their own thoughts so wonderfully that you feel as if they are your own. Writing done so beautifully that you feel like you can see, feel and touch the characters and settings in a book.
2. College English majors that were well taught on sentence ...more
The author is the youngest of the seven siblings in her family and was seven when her mother died. Her father was an alcoholic, and the brothers and sisters had to fend for themselves much of the time. In addition to Eliza Minot's first novel, The Tiny One (1999), which focuses on the loss of a parent, Minot's siblings Susan (Monkeys) and George (The Blue Bowl) have also written about their family crises. The Brambles goes beyond individual coping mechanisms to explore the interactions of a fami...more
It's a short book about three adult siblings dealing with the death of their mother, their father's terminal illness, and their own lives. Not really much going on.
This book uses a loose plot (with a weird, annoying twist that doesn't do much except give the author a way to end the book) to tell about the lives of the three siblings.
However, the characters and their day-to-day lives are brilliantly written a ...more