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We Are All Made Of Glue

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  2,825 Ratings  ·  330 Reviews

Georgie Sinclair's life is coming unstuck. Her husband's left her. Her son's obsessed with the End of the World. And now her elderly neighbour Mrs Shapiro has decided they are related.

Or so the hospital informs her when Mrs Shapiro has an accident and names Georgie next of kin. This, however, is not a case of a quick ward visit: Mrs Shapiro has a large rickety house full o

Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Fig Tree (first published July 2nd 2009)
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Too little of too many things, and not enough substance, nor worthwhile humor.
It’s a quick read, but there are just too many elements in the plot & theme for any one to be addressed at depth.

Glue is presented as the central metaphor in this story. Most of the chapter titles highlight this (Uses of superglue, Adhesives around the home, A gummy smile, The right glue for the materials, The adhesion consultant, and so on) but it’s not clear why glue in particular is thematically important, exc
Apr 22, 2012 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-novels
I am still in two minds about this; I have heard and read good things about her previous work, but this was merely ordinary. An easy bed time read with a plot with enough holes in it to make it sieve like.
The main character Georgina has a marraige that is falling apart (after he left when G threw hot milk in his face becasue he refused to put up a toothbrush holder), a son drifting into religious extremism via the internet, an elderly woman round the corner who seems to have adpoted her and a j
Jun 07, 2010 F.R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a decidedly odd book.

How many novels, after all, attempt to cover the falling apart of a suburban marriage; youthful religious fundamentalism and the coming apocalypse; relations between Israelis and Palestinians; and the properties of various glues? Unfortunately none of these elements really work in of themselves, and certainly don’t combine together well as a whole.

Firstly, the marriage break-up. The book opens with the narrator and her husband separating. From then on she shapes her lif
Jayne Charles
Nov 25, 2011 Jayne Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few chapters in I found myself wondering whether Marina Lewycka might have the ultimate perfect writing style – the way she gets in and out of a sentence with just the right number of words, never over-writes, ends her sections long before they have a chance to get boring, and adds just the right amount of humour to keep it bouncing along. The perfect balance!

In this novel we find the familiar Eastern European/elderly persons axis, as well as a kaleidoscope of additional themes ranging from Ar
Feb 08, 2016 Maud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, absolutely loved and adored this book! Knocked down half a star because I would have liked to see more talking between Georgie and her husband at the end of the book.
Now if you will excuse me, I need to pick up and read every other book written by this author!
May 29, 2011 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lewycka's third novel is something of a mess. If her second novel was more unpleasant and inconsistent than the generally delightful A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, then We Are All Made of Glue is a wildly overstuffed and messily organised collection of events loosely tied together by a thoroughly unsympathetic heroine. We Are All Made of Glue tries to be everything at once, including flighty chick-lit. Lewycka has gone from including me in her audience to severely reducing it to the g ...more
Jan 09, 2010 Leon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think Marina Lewycka has surpassed herself this time with We Are All Made of Glue. I’ve never enjoyed myself so much reading any novel, until this one. What I really mean is I’ve never laughed so much and at the same time flipped pages at the same time.

Georgie Sinclair has just broken up with her hunky husband Rip. He’s tall, heavily-built, with broad shoulders but a too big head, but still gorgeous to Georgie. In fact most of the men she meets throughout this book are of that ilk: the wickedl
Sherri Keller
Jan 23, 2012 Sherri Keller rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Sherri by: No one, luckily, because then I would have to kill them.
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Jul 08, 2013 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story blending history and modern life together, highlighting the "glue" that bonds both together.
Georgie is having marriage problems and while trying to work through her own issues meets the lovable Mrs. Shapiro rooting around in the skip she has ordered to throw out all her husband's things.
So starts a tempestuous and eccentric friendship between the two that teaches both values and an insight into the other's life.
When Mrs. Shapiro ends up in hospital its upto Georgie to keep thin
Aug 02, 2009 Gerund rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: immigrant-lit
If you've enjoyed either or both of Marina Lewycka's previous novels -- A Short History Of Tractors In Ukranian and Two Caravans -- the first several chapters of this one will have you thinking: She's lost it.

We Are All Made Of Glue, which like her previous books are set in contemporary England, is bogged down from the beginning in a series of cliches. The narrator, middle-aged Georgina "Georgie" Sinclair, sees the end of her marriage with her husband, Rip, following a minor domestic dispute. Sh
Amanda Patterson
Oct 12, 2010 Amanda Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Georgie Sinclair is in her 40’s. Her smug husband, Rip, has left her for his ‘progressive projects’. Her son, Ben, spends his life in cyberspace, obsessed with Armageddon. Her daughter is away at college. Other than writing for the adhesive publications, hence the title, Georgie doesn’t have much of a life. Until she meets Mrs Shapiro, her eccentric neighbour, when she throws all of Rip’s belongings into the skip. Naomi Shapiro seems to be a bag lady with a trolley, obsessively collecting other ...more
Two stars seemed unnecessarily harsh, so I've gone for three. This is quite an odd book. On the face of it, quite a cheery romp through the end of a marriage, and an unlikely friendship with an eccentric old woman. However, there are sub-themes of Middle Eastern history and politics and religious cults all bound together with the metaphor of glue. I read it willingly enough, but at the same time, I rather wanted to get it over with so I could get on with something more worthwhile.
May 23, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plus a bit of a star. Well written and a comforting angle to some uncomfortable topics. The author has packed in some interesting takes on a whole lot of subjects - WWII, Irish troubles, Israel/Palestine, old age, teenage, middle age, housing - with some parallels drawn but not overdone. A light touch. I can see from other reviews that a lot of readers were disappointed but not sure what they are demanding. I enjoyed sharing the few hectic months with the protagonist that offered life changing p ...more
Sonia Gomes
Apr 13, 2014 Sonia Gomes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Can't think of anyone
Relationships are like glue, some bonding forever, some at one time bonded; now disintegrating, some on the verge of bonding, some lost forever. We all have them.
Georgie Sinclair has a tiff with her husband Rip and throws his stuff out,that is how she meets Naomi Shapiro browsing through the old vinyl records. Naomi, old, crazy, living in a filthy house,in true Lewycka style strikes a friendship with Georgie which leads Georgie to Ali and Chaim as well as to the very unscrupulous Social worker G
Jun 25, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very amusing and the characters well worth meeting. During a period of domestic crisis, Georgie really needs a friend and confidant. Instead she becomes the reluctant care provider for an older, eccentric German immigrant (Naomi Shapiro, or possibly Ella Wetzeler) who is quite a character, vacillating between being open and supportive to being jaded and selfish. Eventually, Mrs. Shapiro’s house, a tumbling down mansion in a great London location brings a number of other charact ...more
Eines steht fest: Marina Lewycka kann schreiben, durchweg amüsant, selbstironisch, mit einem Blick für's Detail (beispielsweise ihre Beschreibung der Dübel-Abteilung im Baumarkt: 'Die Dübel wirkten außerirdisch, gruselig, mit ihren knubbeligen Plastikpanzern, ihren komplizierten Farben und Nummern: Spreiz-Dübel, Kipp-Dübel, Hohlraum-Dübel, Holzdübel.'). Es macht Spass, Georgie Sinclairs chaotisch gewordenem Leben zu folgen, nachdem ihr Mann sie wegen eines nichtangebrachten Zahnbürstenhalters ve ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly the sort of book I usually love. Certainly I really enjoyed Marina Lewycka's previous two novels. However, while I thought the writing was good and characterisation excellent, I was often irritated by it. I found the novel rather too long, and some parts of the story were quite irritating. However overall, this is a very readable novel, with some engaging characters and highly entertaining moments, I just didn't enjoy it quite as much as the previous two novels.

Georgie's husband
Aug 21, 2011 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really a mixed bag. On one level, an entertaining story of a woman in England trying to get her life back together while helping an elderly woman keep her home together. I enjoyed that story, even though it wasn't the best writing ever (and not as enjoyable as Lewycka's Two Caravans). However, on a different level the book is about Israel and the Palestinians, with a dose of the Holocaust thrown in. These two parts didn't mesh well together. I also took exception to Lewycka's tone, which I found ...more
Isla McKetta
Jan 19, 2014 Isla McKetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Marina Lewycka's work. She has this way of enticing me with a raucously funny story and it's only as I read that I discover the book is built on thoughtful social and political foundations. I had a few spooky moments in this book where the themes we both write about and the way we write about them seemed to overlap with one another. But that only made me more curious to dive into the story.
Jun 17, 2010 Lavinia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010, in-en
Now, if anyone's interested in reading Marina Lewycka, a piece of unrequested advice: stick to A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and (probably) Two Caravans - I haven't read the latter but I listened to the author reading from + talking about it and it seems pretty interesting.
As for this one, the glue (holding together the way too many characters and subplots) is the thing this book needs most, despite the author's constant references to it.
Was für ein Trip! Dieses Buch ist anders als alles was ich sonst gelesen habe, man weiß nie welches Thema auf der nächsten Seite angesprochen wird. Ernste Themen links und rechts, eingebaut in einen Frauenroman, in mehrere vermischte Frauenromane sogar.
Da ist der "Geschiedene Frau"-Roman, der "Kreis-schrulliger-Freunde"-Roman, der "renovierungsbedürftiges-Haus"-Roman. Gespickt mit Nahost-Konflikten, dem Holocaust, Endzeit-Theorien und dem Umgang mit Senioren... aber flüssig und spannend zu lese
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When Georgie Sinclair meets her elderly neighbour Mrs Shapiro, this is the last thing she needed to make her life a complete mess. Her husband has just left her for another woman. Her son flees into a world of Armageddon and her job for a company which produces glue also is not really satisfying. But old Mrs Shapiro need her help. After an accident she is in hospital and due to her age, the vultures are on the watch for her house in a financially interesting area.

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Was würde ich mir wünschen, wenn mir plötzlich ein wildfremder Mensch drei Wünsche anbieten würde? Würde ich mir überhaupt etwas wünschen oder würde ich den Menschen für verrückt erklären und davonlaufen?

Wie mein Leben verlaufen könnte, wenn ich die drei freien Wünsche annehmen würde, zeigt mir das Buch "Das Leben der Wünsche" von Thomas Glavinic. Denn hier entscheidet sich der Protagonist Jonas dafür, die drei Wünsche anzunehmen. Dass er den Fremden trotzdem für verrückt erklärt, sei an dieser
Daniel Levin
I recommend it even though I only give 3 stars. It has interesting points.
The novel has the qualities of Marina Lewycka's novels: a wide range of characters in terms of age, national origin, gender, social status. It is great that they almost all combine unsavory aspects, charm and redeeming moral actions.
On the negative: I wasn't engaged by any of the ordinary, non-bizarre, characters, such as the main character's husband and her daughter. Nor was I moved by any of the normal relationships. Per
Beth Rosen
I enjoyed reading this book, but I never managed to care about it much. The most engaging parts were the descriptions of disgusting food eaten by the main character's parents. It was almost like a recipe book for scary meals entirely prepared from heavily processed food-like ingredients. Otherwise, the whole book seemed oddly distant. Relationships break up, characters who don't seem to like each other jump into bed, I never really cared about any of them. A truly creepy social worker/realtor ch ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-fiction
In her new book, Lewycka tackles the problems of the world - religion, the Holocaust, cultural identity, the concept of "home land", fanaticism, the challenges of parenting and ageing, sex, love and the dissolution of love - and I think she's bitten off more than anyone can possibly chew. The clunky title hints at what's in store. The author seems to be trying to make the point that, as human beings, we are all inter-connected. We should find a way to reconcile our cultural histories so that we ...more
Jul 12, 2015 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book blurb rather overstates the humour in this book but that doesn't detract from a rather lovely story.
Georgie throws her husbands stuff into the skip after he has run off with another woman and Mrs Shapiro takes some of the vinyl out and carts it off in her pram. So starts a relationship between the two women which fills the void in Georgies life that has just been created. All Mrs Shaprio's woes (the cats, the big house, the estate agents and the social workers - not to mention the slip
I really enjoyed 'A Short History of Tractors...' so I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately it didn't really do anything for me.

There are quite a few themes in here but nothing is allowed to take centre stage and provide focus for the novel.

So, Georgia is a 40-something woman who has recently separated from her husband who befriends an elderly neighbour who lives in a large yet rundown house.

The book focuses on evil estate agents and social services trying to con the old lady ou
Jan 06, 2016 DubaiReader rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, 2015
Lots of potential topics but none covered in any depth.

It's hard to review this book, as I enjoyed some parts, but also felt that it was trying to be too many things while failing to fully achieve any of them.

The main character is Georgie who has separated from her husband and is desperately searching for a man to replace him. Her choice of Mark Diabello could not have grated more, he was such a sleaze-bag and I cringed when she let him anywhere near her.

She befriends an elderly lady who lives i
Judith Johnson
Hmm. It seems a bit unfair to only give this 2 stars, as I know how hard authors work to get a book written, but I have to agree with some of the other 2 star reviews of this novel. I picked it up on holiday, having just read Two Caravans, which I enjoyed a little less than Ms L's first book. I am not a fan of comic novels, or of light-romance (or even heavy romance!), but some of the elements attracted me. However, I guess I would rather read more serious books about the Miners' strike, Jewish- ...more
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Marina Lewycka is a British novelist of Ukrainian origin, currently living in Sheffield, England.

Lewycka was born in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany after World War II. Her family then moved to England where she now lives. She was educated at Keele University and works as a lecturer in media studies at Sheffield Hallam University.

In addition to her fiction, Lewycka has written a number of books gi
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