1962: Anchor Bend, Oregon. The sea calls to Eleanor. Like the turn of the waves it beckons her from the heart of the town she's always known, from her husband Hob and their young daughter, Agnes, to the unfathomable depths of ...more
“Most souls wait for a very long time. In the end, the peace they seek is usually within themselves, not within the confines of the world they left.”
Sometimes, there are undeserving books that become popular.
“This is how the darkness is. It knows nothing else. It fills crevices, pushing into the finest, narrowest corners, ascribing no meaning to the events that it carries, but birthing and then swallowing them again as they expire.”
But sometimepopular.“Thismillions.“Most ...more
This book started out so deep and sad. I could feel each person's depression and grief. It was real and it was hard.
The story goes goes through different times. The years jump ahead to each person in the family and it all comes back around in the end.
We start out with Eleanor, she has a husband named Hob and a little girl named Agnes. Eleanor fights depression and other things because she was swimming her way into the Olympics but she got pregnant and never got ba ...more
Simply, stunningly magical!
You know how some writers can just take you immediately into their stories, writing so descriptively that you are almost magically transported and immersed in their world? How some writers can create characters so strong and with such depth that you feel as though they simply must exist in the real world? Jason Gurley is one of those kinds of authors. This is the second book of his I've read and I'm just amazed by the way he writes, the level of clarity and depth, the ...more
Eleanor takes a detailed and unflinching look at grief and depr ...more
The writing of these other worlds, other presences, is descriptive and beautiful. The real world is logically sad and difficult f ...more
I found the characterization to be superb and that is a very important element to me. Gurley managed to put me right there inside Eleanor's heart and mind. She’s brave and strong and living a life that no child should ever have to, and at the same time she’s this vulnerable young girl at the mercy of something far b ...more
This is the story of a young lady, Eleanor, that lived through the tragedy of the death of her twin several years earlier, her parents' reactions and how they fell into their own worlds of mourning and loss, and the impact it has on Eleanor. A magical story of loss, recovery, and ultimately, love re ...more
No spoilers here....This book starts out sad and emotional after terrible tragedies befall the family. Then it starts to get a little confusing as not all of the information you need to know is revealed right away. As the story progresses, it does unfold through the main characters and jumps back and forth in time.
This novel is not particularly gripping but surreal, complex and well written. It is like nothing I've ever read but did remind me a bit of the movie What Dreams May ...more
“Shortness of breath?” the doctor had asked her. “Muscle tension? Mental distraction?”
She looked down at her hands and nodded. Yes, to each of those things. Hearing them described so simply should have robbed them of their power, she thought; they were only words. But instead, she felt as if she should defend them. No, she would say. It’s so much more. They’re so much bigger than just those words.
Eleanor is the story of two women with the same name, related but a generation apart.
This story is told through the eyes of three generations of women. Firstly we see Eleanor as she struggles with married life and the knowledge of another child on the way. We then skip ahead in time to Agnes, the daughter of Eleanor as she fights depression with alcohol after the death of one of her own children. And lastly we follow Agnes's remaining daughter (also named Eleanor) as she tries ...more
This book is really hard to rate because it had beautiful imagery and writing but the plot was kind of bizarre and hard to follow sometimes. All I knew about this book going into it was that it was about grief. It started off like a normal contemporary fiction book but quickly had a genre twist and became a sort of sci-fi/fantasy literary fiction mix. I don’t know how much I like the mixing of these genres in this book, but I liked the concept.
Years later and now in her teens, Eleanor can see t ...more
Then the author brought in the fantastical elements, and I was okay with that, even enjoyed them at first. But by page 180 all I could think was, I get the point! I understand part of the puzzle of the fantastic stuff!
The story moves back and forth between ...more
Very bleak setting, bickering, PTSD, absence of any kind of thought on oneself, life, family... Absence of joy, caring, love. Ok.
Then it gets worse. The accident scene is foreshadowed to an inch of its life.
Then a kid who buys way too much into Karpman's triangle (victim, savior, persecutor scenario) punishes one parent while masochistically supporting the other o ...more
Authors get asked to do a lot of blurbs, especially once they're on bigger publishers. However, some authors give blurbs that I take very seriously, especially if they follow up by repeatedly praising a book - Hugh Howey is one of those guys for me, and he has bestowed the quality of Jason Gurley's work for some time. While I am very crappy at it, I do my best to support local guys as well, and Gurley is a Portland guy like myself, and I have h ...more
"Time is a river, and it flows in a circle"
It took me quite some time to review this book, as I felt so conflicted about it. I absolutely loved the first half and was sure it would be a 5-star read, but the second half took some turns I didn’t agree with. I think it was around page 150 that I stopped to ponder whether I was still reading the same novel or not…
It difficult to explain without giving away some key story elements, but the novel seems to switch genre, style and may ...more
I had to put this book down when I first started it. Was it because it was bad? No, no not at all. It is because I had read so many emotionally hard hitting books in a row that I couldn't do another one. It would have just messed with me too badly.
I did pick it up after reading something else much less serious. And it was a good call. By doing that I was able to fully enjoy this book for what it is - a book that is going to hit you hard in your emotional gut.
This book is ...more
Time is a river, and it flows in a circle.
A beautifully written and heartbreaking novel about a family ripped apart by grief. It also deals with the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters. I enjoyed many parts of this story, but by the end, this magical realism tale got a little too fantastic for me.
Esmerelda’s death split their family as finely as an atom, and the resulting detonation blinded them all.
1985: Six-year-old Eleanor's family is destroyed when her twin sister Esme/> ...more
This is a fantasy with quite a unique take on the t ...more
The Plot: Eleanor begins in the year 1962 centered around Eleanor, her husband Hob, and her daughter Agnes. We witness, what we know in this day and age, to be depression in Eleanor. In 1963 Eleanor goes for a swim in the ocean, never to ...more
Ostensibly, it's the story of a young gi ...more
This is one of those books that it's easier to review by writing about what it is not, than what it is.
It's not Neil Gaiman (but it's almost that good), it's not typically YA (despite the teenage protagonists), it's not easily categorised (it's somewhere between metaphysics, magic and uhh, time travel, along with a really vivid depiction of a family failing to deal with grief and completely falling apart).
And it is very, very, very good.
If I had access to physical copies of this boo
But they do.
Eleanor was simply beautifully crafted: the writing, the characters, and especially the themes. It was an excellent, honest portrayal of grief, motherhood, mental illness, and the power of second chances. The concept was also very well-done and extrem/> ...more
Eleanor loses her twin sister in a horrible accident that leaves her family in tatters. Left to take care of herself and her grief stricken mother strange things start happening to Eleanor that she can't understand or explain. These events will cause a ripple effect for generations of her family. It is an engrossing fantastical novel about grief and the choices we make ...more
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