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Preview — A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison
A Small Indiscretion
Named one of the best books of the year by San Francisco Chronicle
At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak fu ...more
I LOVE THIS story!
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It's a STEAL!!!!!!
I was fully absorbed in every detail of this novel!
Every minute I was away fro ...more
In this engaging story, Annie Black documents her tumultuous young life in a letter of confession to her young-adult son while he lay in a coma, (no spoiler here) and an interesting life story it is.
While Annie made many poor decisions during her youth, and yet another really asinine one later in life, she actually did make some good choices too that she includes among her memories and regrets.
Complete with a couple of good twists, a mystery to solve and an obsessive old love...more
Some are quite taken with this book. Some, like me, not as much.
Annie Black has led quite the life going back and forth across the pond since she was nineteen years old. She sowed her wild oats and they have come home to roost, unfortunately. Jan Ellison takes us from Annie's dappled past into her present "married life with children". Ellison uses ...more
Jan Ellison, the author
"I suppose unrequited love is the hardest kind to shed because it is not really love at all. It is a half-love, and we are forever stomping around trying to get hold of the other half.”
Why would a middle age woman with a happy marriage, wonderful children, and a succesful career risk it all to pursue an unfulfilled, unrequited romantic interest of her past?
This is the main question we are left to ponder after reading this beautifully written, deeply ...more
What was it with me and this book? Was it merely really good or was it speaking with me as a friend to my own history of small indiscretions, the decisions I made about them. All right, all right, all right—big indiscretions too.
For sure I loved the writing. It was a page turner but not because I couldn’t put it down, rather because of the way it unfolded with tension, confession, regret, soul-searching, and loving too, going back and forth from the past to present over a twenty year period ...more
Once again I'm late to the party so I will just share my feelings.
I enjoyed this book. This was a definite page turner for me! A good debut novel. The only problem I had with "A Small Indiscretion" was that I was kind of confused as to what was going on in the beginning. I stayed with it and I eventually got into it. The back and forth in time in this book is not all that smooth either.
Annie is not the most likable character but I understood her. We all make mistakes when we're youn ...more
I felt as if I was looking in someone's window and eavesdropping on a conversation that is not meant for me or more specifically reading letters that were not meant for me to read - yet I wanted to know what happened both in Annie Black 's past and in her future and I wanted to know what would happen to this family after her past catches up with her .
The narrative is a letter to her son , Robbie and many times it seems so matter of fact, almost devoid of emotion at times while it represents a co ...more
4.5/5.0 STARS – WONDERFUL!
I absolutely, positively adored this book! Oddly enough, I had an extremely difficult time articulating exactly why – until I understood my love for this story was because I was so emotionally invested in it. The writing is enchanting and hypnotic, perhaps even seductive, enveloping me in a warm embrace of lusciously soothing emotions. The magical, addictive prose invoked deep emotional responses which kept me turning page after page after page after page ...
My engagem ...more
**Thank you to Random House publishing for providing me with this book free of charge through a Goodreads Giveaway.**
"I suppose unrequited love is the hardest kind to shed because it is not really love at all. It is a half-love, and we are forever stomping around trying to get hold of the other half."
At 19, Annie Black is spending her winter in London, drinking herself into oblivion and getting tangled in many complicated relationships. 21 years later, she is married to Jonathan, living ...more
(view spoiler)[Basically, Adult Annie spends most of the book reflecting on Past Annie's "youthful indiscretions," which start out with a stint in Europe in which her new (older, married) employer decides he wants to sleep with her and she's basically all "...okay, I guess, because it' ...more
This story is compulsively readable with many beautifully constructed sentences, paragraphs and pages. Layered, descriptive writing brings it to life...writing that I found to ...more
Here's the situation: Annie is writing her memories of her younger self spent in London. There, she worked in an office for Malcolm. Malcolm is married to Louise. Louise is having an affair with Patrick, with Malcolm's blessing. Malcolm falls in love with Annie, who falls in love with Patrick. No one really wants Malcolm, and Patrick seems to care for no one. The odd foursome takes a Christmas trip to Paris, where the si ...more
So she takes $200 in cash and gets herself from her hometown in California to her estranged father's house in Maine, and then on to London. Living in a hostel, she quickly gets a job as a secretary with Malcolm, a married, established (read: older) engineer. Malcolm and his wife Louise have an "arrangement," in that Malcolm procured Patrick, a lean, sexual ...more
There are excell ...more
The only thing that kept this from being a 5-star read for me was Annie, the main character and storyteller. Put frankly, I hated her. There wasn’t one thing I liked about her. She was one of the most self-absorbed characters I’ve ever encountered. I found her treatment of others to be insensitive and often cruel. And the fact th ...more
I can see why it was an Oprah's Book Club Editor's Pick. It's about family, love and the power of holding back. There were many twists and turns to get you to the end, but somehow, they all made sense.
The story was brilliantly written and told.
A mother writing to her child as a lengthy explanation of sorts. It was a unique way to read a story, as well as take it in. It pulled you in, almost like you had found the letter and were secretly reading it to yourself.
I loved this book! Even durin ...more
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher Random House via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is January 20th 2015.
This is going to be a difficult story for me to review as I struggled with identifying with any of the characters in the story. This may cause my thoughts to fall slightly on the critical side when I am still undecided if the story deserves it.
This at the ...more
The descriptions of San Francisco and the surrounding area are beautiful. As are the scenes set in London and Paris.
The reveal is somewhat anti-climatic and I suspect most will gue ...more
One of the least appealing parts of this book is the voice. Annie Black is writing this story to her son, Robbie, which might work for explaining the past...and does essentially since those are th ...more
Jan spent tw ...more