Ship Made of Paper
Daniel Emerson lives with Kate Ellis, and he is like a father to her daughter, Ruby. But he cannot control his desire for Iris Davenport, the African-American woman whose son is Ruby's best friend. During a freak October blizzard, Daniel is stranded at Iris's house, and they begin a sexual liaison that eventually imperils all their relationships, Daniel's profession, their...more
I finished this book feeling a little duped. This book wasn't a clear discussion on race. Instead, it was an attempt to mix in some racial hot buttons into a soap opera format.
Guns and children? OJ Simpson? Run away teenagers? A blind woman? Sexual procreation to create a non race? Drunken ...more
First of all let me say, I have no idea why this book is titled as such. I assume it was just a name the author liked because nothing about this book what so ever has to do with paper, ships or ships made of paper. This.. is a serious character study involving obsession, lies, lust, confusion, stereotypes, misconstrued judgement, guilt, misdirected anger and racism, all simultaneously played out coincidentally in a small town outside of New York city during the ...more
If you want to read about a man whose obsession with his love for a woman is both endearing and stalkerish, pick up this book. Daniel is a tortured soul, whose love for Iris and all things black is juxtaposed against the fact that he abandoned a successful law practice in ...more
Overall, I was blown away by the complexity of this book--the intimacy between the characters as well as how masterfully Spencer explor ...more
I like reading a story when it appears the author doesn't even know how it will end. Through the entirety of this book, I felt the author's presence and... almost his agenda ...more
Spencer has a way of describing emotions that just hit home. Everyone has those feelings of obsession, but it's almost shamef ...more
Unfortunately, I felt more insulted as a reader while reading this diabolical crap. The main characters had no ethical merit, in fact they had no merit at all and I found myself not only laughing at the deplorable situations but actually saying to myself, "oh come on, now, are they really that stupid". Y ...more
Also, I don't know if I was just zoning out because the plot was so boring and unoriginal at some parts, but I swear to God the author was drunk during some pages because they made NO sense. But I didn't bother to go back and re-read them to try to understan ...more
It is entirely possible that there is gold in this authors work. However, what was published is very difficult to read. The sentences were often awkwardly constructed and the story lacked flow. It was conceptually puzzling and plodded to a conclusion that seemed to occur three chapters before the words stopped. I honestly think the editor as well as the author needs to be held accountable here.
I stand by the above and offer th ...more
This book tackles a tough subject -- racism -- and yet the reader never feels preached to. (No small feat, that.)
I look forward to reading more work by this author.
I read "Endless Love" when the rest of the world did, and found it smothering and even irritating. I don't remember the interesting, crammed-full-of-analogies, even lyrical prose--maybe Spencer's become a better writer. I recall on ...more
Good writing, a story that is both wicked and mundane. The subject is adultery which is nearly as common and destructive as death. I thought the writing was terrific although I really did not want to know details of the adulterous relationship.
“Being alive is a ceaseless project of self-forgiveness, and Daniel forgives himself. He knows he is acting badly. He knows he ought to be feverish with sham ...more
The racy romance buried in the middle of racial commentary was just literary enough to not turn my stomach, despite a few sappy overcooked lines about the nature of love at the beginning. And overall, I feel Spencer has an eye for the realities of racism and race blindness. The novel was throught-provoking and honest, taking its time, th ...more
He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, and Williams College, and Bard College's Bard Prison Initi ...more