From childhood, Molly Bell Redwine was taught by her charismatic, domineering mother that "family is everything." But no one warned Molly that family can change unexpectedly. In rapid succession, her husband of more than twenty years abandons her for a younger woman, her mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters to the four winds. Molly is set adrift in a heartbeat.
I am SO GLAD I found this book. It is so beautiful. It's also sometimes very ugly, very human. It is complex and emotional.
The main character is an early middle-age housewife and socialite from upper-middle class Atlanta, Georgia, whose comfortable life goes into a tailspin after her husband leaves her for a younger woman. The only aspect of her that I could possibly relate to is t ...more
Also, I thought the dream sequences with her dead mother were a really bizarre thing to focus on. And the romance that developed in the book was a real head scratcher (although I could see it coming from a mile away and kept thinking, "please don't get these people toge ...more
An author new to me, Anne Rivers Siddons told the story beautifully. I love words and phrases in their own right not just as part of a story, as I guess most readers do and there was so much here in which to delight. The characters were real, flaws and all. From the discovery and shock of inf ...more
The thing is, I don't think this book is so much about divorce as it is about identity. Not just the way people identify you, but, more importantly, the way you identify yourself and what roles you play with the people around you. When something happens and you lose some of these labels and roles, it can be quite a struggle to define yourself to yourself and learn to live with your change ...more
My favorite part of the book was the reference to the swans Up Island near Chilmark where she spends the winter. Swans mate for life. The female ...more
Depression, pain and love are all major themes covered in depth, and it has made me think about all three, a fact which alone makes it more than worth reading. The beautiful Southern style of realism versus romanc ...more
The main character, Molly, was entirely believable to me. I've known women like her - the author's description of her denial behavior in coping with the difficulties she encounters is so real. Molly drove me crazy in places because it was obvious ...more
I was pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness and depth of this book, despite the cliches.
At first, I was slightly disappointed by the initial shallowness of the plot and characters...
but the more the story developed, the more human it became. Although this is marketed as a beach read, and follows many of those tropes, it tackles a lot o ...more
Love her words. Must finish to see why I gave it only three stars previously in 2008!
Finished 7.10.16 - just a great read - why do good uthor hav to age and/or die? ARS, Pat Conroy...
The first part of the book seems to drag along a bit (after all it is the second reading) and not to lay blame on Ms Siddons. Then it speeds up after Molly arrives on the island. It is quirky, sad and funny. I was disappointed that Molly wasn't able to follow up on her love affair with Dennis. I definitely wasn't ready to end. I definitely will be ready to read it again in another few years!
I do have a process (shocking, I'm sure). It's not totally random. I look for authors by whom the library has a stocked a lot of books. This means people like this author. They want to read more. I discovered Elizabeth Berg this way, and the delightful Miss Julia series. Yes, I said delightf ...more
Molly is a Atlanta native living the quintessential upper class life. She volunteers for many charitable organizations, is a dutiful wife and daughter, loyal friend and ideal ...more
While at Auburn she wrote a column for the student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, that favored integration. The university administration attempted to suppress the column, and ultimately fired her, and the column garnered natio ...more