It’s the spring of 1994 in Cooperstown, New York, and Joanie Cole, the beloved matriarch of the Obermeyer family, has unexpectedly died in her sleep. Now, for the first time, three generations are living together unde ...more
"Marge's nakedness was a sliver of earthbound moonlight."
So begins The Sex Cure, a novel based in truth that rocked the community of Cooperstown, New York back in 1962. Character names and occupations were poorly disguised, and residents lived in fear that their indiscretions were included in the novel for their family and friends to feast upon.
Over thirty years later, repercussions from The Sex Cure are still threatening the foundations of one Cooperstown family. The plot is ...more
At the start of Callie Wright's wonderful new novel Love All, Joanie Cole dies in her sleep, leaving her 86-year-old husband, Bob, behind. Bob moves in with his daughter, Anne, with whom he's had a strained relations ...more
Where to start? OK. I found this novel difficult to read. I didn't give up on it because I kept looking for a hook or an eureka moment that could pull me in, let me spiral into the hearts and minds of the characters that Callie Wright creates.
But, unfortunately, I just couldn't find a point with which to connect None of the characters was finely enough drawn to engage my empathy, and none ...more
Hugh and Anne met in Boston and married, moving to Cooperstown shortly after to be near Anne's mother, Joan. It was always Anne's hope that Joan would move in with them once her husband, ...more
I love stories about family dramas. No matter how many times authors throw the standard elements into their novel – love, infidelity, an overbearing parent, an absent parent, a sibling rival – the finished result is always different. If you like family dramas, stop what you’re doing (actually, finish reading this post) and get your hands on the brilliant debut, Love All by Callie Wright.
While 'Love All' might not have the same dry ...more
As teenage siblings Teddy and Julia put it, respectively: "[Home] was a set of people acting a certain way—live, married ...more
There was more, like all these scientific reasons about the evolution of mankind, how back in cave people times, the man was programmed to plant his seed in as many ...more
Callie Wright presents a family drama set in Cooperstown, New York in 1994. Listening to the voices of three generations, Wright transports us through love, overbearing parents, career choices, infidelity, financial problems and a general coming-of-age story presented with superb phrasing and constructed characterizations.
When Joanie Obermeyer unexpectedly dies ...more
Published By Henry Holt & Company
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Love All" by Callie Wright was one read that had a lots going on and once you started reading it was hard to put down because you know there will be more family drama around the corner. A Matriarch from Cooperstown, New York in 1994, has died leaving three generations to find themselves all living under the same roof. Now, you know there will be much drama coming from just that wi ...more
I thought this was a very busy story as it weaves in and out of the lives of five main characters. The Obermeyers are one of those families whose lives look normal from the outside, but in all actuality, everything is falling apart.
I absolutely loved Julia, aka Jules. At fifteen, she is absolutely laugh out loud funny. She is right on the cusp of changing from sweet and innocent childhood to one where the realities of growing up are starting to appear. The time in life when we discove ...more
Easy read, engaging-enough story, unobjectionable writing. The tennis is so incidental I wonder if it wasn’t a little ploy by the publisher to try and catch the algorithmic coat-tails of Infinite Jest. Whatever.
Among the rotating perspectives, the only voice I found implausible enough to be distracting was Julia’s. It occurs to me, though, that she—a weird teenage girl—is the only character that I either myself or the author have ever been, which raises the interesting possibility that all the r...more
The author does a fine job depicting the emotions of the characters and their responses to the events and ...more
Congrats to Callie Wright on this debut novel! Set in 1994 Cooperstown, NY, this is the story of the Obermeyer family: Bob and Joanie, their daughter Anne and her husband Hugh, and grandchildren Teddy and Julia. Following Joanie's death, the family is packing up Bob and Joanie's house and finds Joanie's copy of the book The Sex Cure. Thus begins a reopening of wounds that have been ignored for decades. This book was engaging fro ...more