When December opens, eleven year old Isabelle hasn’t spoken a word in nearly a year. Four psychiatrists have abandoned her, declaring her silence to be impenetrable. Her parents are at once mystified and terrified by their daughte ...more
December is about an eleven year old girl Isabelle who, one day, inexplicably, falls mute and proceeds to remain such for almost a year. Trauma? Spicy event that triggered this? Nope. She just felt ...more
She does not have any siblings and is the only child of her parents, therefore whatever happens is between the three characters mostly.
Its a very tense atmosphere, almost like both the parents are tip-toeing around each other to understand Isabelle, to see what will make her smile again, what will make her talk again or what could make her angry for no reason.
The author Elizabeth H. Winthrop has
That's the situation that two NYC parents, Ruth and Wilson, and their daughter Isablelee find themselves ...more
Albeit a slow read, and not terribly insightful about the child's condition, I was compelled to finish the book to see how the story was resolved. The characters were a bit annoying, the father for pushing a trip to Africa to make Isabelle speak, the mother for her constant uptightness, and Isabelle, for appearing spoiled. It's definitely a family c ...more
I really wanted Supernanny Jo Frost to be called into deal with Isabelle. Her parents obviously had no clue how to deal with her not talking and allowed her to basically run rings around them.
I really had no patience with or interest in Isabelle or her parents. The writing was so detailed to be painful. Still it is the sort of books critics loved and I guess many readers.
Not me though - it was hard work with no real insight into the issues.
I think I'm being generous in giving this book three st ...more
Eleven-year old Isabelle has been silent for nine months. Her parents are struggling to find a way to help her.
Selective mutism= interesting topic.
What I liked:
I felt that Ms Winthrop really got the parents angst. I could relate to their frustration with the situation and their desire to help their daughter.
What I didn't like:
She introduced a deaf boy into the story an ...more
The problem I have with this book is it was boring. The subject matter was sad, a child stops talking for nine months, but it still didn 19t move my emotions. It was a fast pace story but with no images of what was really the reason this child stopped talking, besides because she just didn 19t want to talk. It was like she was playing a game and a selfish one at that. Her parents seem to enable her by making excuses for her behavior. As a mother, w ...more
The mother was the worst. What an absolute hag. It's like the author didn't want her to be likeable whatsoever.
The Daughter it seems, was intended to be written as if she were introspective, but she really just came across as shallow. She was an odd mixture of internal dialogue that was definitely not indicative of an 11 year old, and overly self-absorbed prepubescent. Even cruel at times.
The Da ...more
Every little detail and observation was described, which felt unnecessary and just dragged the book on. For example, over half a page dedicated to describing how a mans scarf was caught in a door.
Isabelle was very irritating and spoiled, and I felt angry with her for most of the book. However the author was very good at portraying the tension and frustration of the parents, and I sympathized and felt sorry for the ...more
This beautiful novel portrays a family in crisis. Dad Wilson and mum Ruth have no explanation for thier daughter Isabelle's self imposed silence, and trying to find a reason is slowly tearing them apart, both as individuals and as a couple.
Isabelle herself is in turmoil, knowing ...more