From the back cover: "The Quarry is another stark, intense novel in which human nature betrays itself against the desolate backdrop of rural South Afr...moreFrom the back cover: "The Quarry is another stark, intense novel in which human nature betrays itself against the desolate backdrop of rural South Africa. It opens with a chance meeting on a lonely stretch of road, when a man picks up a hitchhiker. The driver is a minister on his way to a new congregation in an isolated village and the passenger, a fugitive from justice. When the minister realizes this and confronts his passenger overlooking an empty quarry, the response is deadly. As the fugitive and the local police chief play out a tense game of cat and mouse, Damon Galgut gives us a devastating combat for man's most prized attribute: freedom."
This was an interesting, odd and compelling read. I doubt I would have ever read it had it not been this month's book club selection at the library and I'm glad to have had the chance. ***SPOILER Possible-->***The confrontation between the minister and the passenger mentioned above is not as it seems in the books description and really surprised me! (<--End possible spoiler) Very moody. Simple yet vividly descriptive. Gives such a sense of isolation and desolation. (less)
Very well written, though a tough read for me because of the subject matter. Not many male authors I've read can write from a female perspective &...moreVery well written, though a tough read for me because of the subject matter. Not many male authors I've read can write from a female perspective & be so spot on with the emotions, etc.. I would like to try another of his novels at some point.(less)
i remember this book & the day i bought it! (i won't get into that story here!) and that was in 1996 before it was an oprah book club selection! (...morei remember this book & the day i bought it! (i won't get into that story here!) and that was in 1996 before it was an oprah book club selection! (i've still got my copy to prove it!)
i remember being consumed by this book! it is one of the best books i've ever read, but i remember it being so emotional & even deeply upsetting that i've never re-read it! but it was truly an amazing read! i was so shocked that wally lamb (the author) was male! he was dead on with how this female character worked!(less)
(picked up @ the library on 2/9) so far this isn't clicking with me! it seems a bit stereo typical and negative so far. i don't know. i think i felt &...more(picked up @ the library on 2/9) so far this isn't clicking with me! it seems a bit stereo typical and negative so far. i don't know. i think i felt & did more of this stuff in my teens & 20's than i do now in my 30's! (maybe i'm dyslexic in more ways than one!!!)
for what ever reasons, i've never felt much of the stereo-typical pressures that a lot of women face. did i relentlessly look for love in all the wrong guys & places?! you betcha! in the last 1/2 of my 20's and at first for a year or so in my 30's (because neither of us had been married before and we're "older" than most who marry) i felt as though i was way behind on some things like having a family, owning home and making progress on a career ~ after hubby & i married (in 2005, 4 days after i turned 30 and a month before he turned 40) i got sick to death of being asked "are you pregnant yet?!" and that's about it!
update: finished!!! i liked 7 out of the 27 essays (28 if you count the intro) but i wasn't into the rest! i admire all the authors honesty in their writings regardless! i think i was expecting more diversity in the 'subject matter' based on the description and i think 'motherhood' should be included in the subtitle on the cover!
just fyi, the 7 i liked: 'bedsores and cocktails' by heather juergensen, 'i'm the one' by erin ergenbright, 'the one and only buddha' by samina ali, 'how i see it' by amy meeropol, 'to all the men i've loved before' by amanda eyre ward, 'single, mother' by jennifer baumgardner and 'plus one, plus two, plus three' by louise jarvis flynn (less)
oh i loved this book! i have a very complicated & hurtful relationship with my mother and though a cliche, i could well relate to that aspect of t...moreoh i loved this book! i have a very complicated & hurtful relationship with my mother and though a cliche, i could well relate to that aspect of the book! i also love the movie, but i love the book more! (i read it just before the movie came out!) i've also battled sever depression and this book (and movie) is near to my heart. overall, the details, descriptions & relationships are just amazing! ms. wells has lyme disease and has had a horrible past few years (which is why i think she hasn't released a book recently) and when i joined the message boards on her website, i mentioned that i had lyme disease and as a result have been battling many health problems myself over the years and i was asked by the moderator if i would write about what i've gone through so that fans could better understand her struggles ~ i was so honored and touched!(less)
**spoiler alert** From the back cover of my copy: "Set against the backdrop of two neighboring Southern towns, Sufficient Grace is the powerful, affect...more**spoiler alert** From the back cover of my copy: "Set against the backdrop of two neighboring Southern towns, Sufficient Grace is the powerful, affecting story of two families over the course of a year, from one Easter season to the next."
One quiet spring day, Gracie Hollaman hears voices in her head that tell her to get in her car and leave her entire life behind - her home, her husband, her daughter, her very identity. Gracie's subsequent journey releases her genius for painting and effects profound changes in the lives of everyone around her.
A spellbinding work, Sufficient Grace explores the power of personal transformation and redemption, and the many ordinary and extraordinary ways they come to pass through faith, love, motherhood, art, even food. This poignant, poetic study of the human condition affirms the enduring importance of relationships and the strength we derive from them, Even though we sometimes have to leave behind an old identity in order to discover our soul.
Beautifully paced, filled with unforgettable characters, Sufficient Grace reveals the vital place that spirit and belonging have in every inner life - and in the every day world."
8/27/07: Though it was difficult to get through the first chapter & I even put it down for a few months (I bought it in March, 2007) this is the most beautifully written fiction book I have ever read and the best book I've ever read. It's my top fave read of all time. I actually felt blessed to have read it once I was done. Amazing!
4/30/10: Once again I've fallen in love with this novel, even more than the first time. I don't know why I had a hard time with the first chapter or so the first time I read it (as I mentioned above). Ms. Arnoult's writing is beautiful; simple yet vividly descriptive. Her writing and more specifically this story comforts my soul and heals my heart in unexpected ways. I slowed my reading to a crawl towards the end because I didn't want it to end again. A novel I will come back to time after time.