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Madena, New York. A small town like any small town: everybody keeps an eye on everybody else's business, nobody recognizes the secrets that connect them.
Teenage Persephone trades sex for the tattoo sessions that get her high enough to forget that her girlfriend doesn't love her and she isn't sure she loves her dad. Theo used to be the high-school bad boy who could ne
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Paperback, First , 195 pages
Published March 5th 2016 by Lethe Press
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DJ Sakata
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“He came to realize - we all come to realize - our search isn't for family, exactly, but for connection, connections that will keep us, so we won't drown, won't fly off, something that will connect us underneath."

"There was nothing to be done about this DNA wiring, and it wasn't saying anything bad about Persephone, but all he'd ever wanted was for his love to mean something."

"Doug blanched. His hand fell to his side. Theo had read the word 'bl
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Jacqueline Masumian
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novel is fascinating. Set on the wrong side of the tracks in a small town in upstate New York, the story features characters who are flawed and flailing, anxious to get a grip on their longings for connection, for love, and for hope. Legters creates an amazing world of video rental shops, tattoo parlors, and train stations, spaces her characters inhabit with considerable angst.

Theo Messex has adopted a child whom he names Persephone. He struggles to raise her alone and to make a
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Lisa Dresdner
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Celeste, the wheelchair-bound narrator of this piercing novel, assures us from her first sentence that she will tell us everything, but mid-sentence she stops short and admits that she is already lying. Most of what she sees is through the slats in her kitchen fan vent, which she can open just wide enough to get her binoculars through. What she can’t see with her own eyes, she fills in with bits of gossip, local lore, what she later learns, and her imagination. Like most of the other residents i ...more
Christie
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Celeste, the wheelchair-bound narrator of Linda Legter’s novel Connected Underneath, promises to tell us everything, even the parts too terrible to share. Then she admits “there, already: I’ve hardly begun and I’m already lying.” Whether or not Celeste’s lies are as pivotal to the story as she’d like to think is open to debate and, truthfully, she’s the least interesting part of the story, anyway.

Celeste lives in Madena, a tiny town in upstate New York. She introduces the reader to the novel’s key players
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Marina Neary
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This highly literary and complex novel is accessible to general audiences, but those readers with a solid foundation in the classics, especially William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf and Victor Hugo will get so much more out of it. Despite being less than 150 pages, this novel is not an easy-breezy read. You have to be able to digest the long sentences, follow the shifts in point of view and third versus first person narrative. There are many references to ancient Greek mythology and some creative us ...more
Sara Strand
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, this book is kind of... strange. It's narrated by Celeste, who is wheel chair bound but hasn't always been that way. It's been a gradual deterioration of the leg function, and her aide says she really needs to get out more. Celeste isn't inclined to do that since she has an entire world she watches through the vent in her kitchen. She sees Persephone, who is adopted by Theo, and she never knew her birth mother. She's pretty sure she's a lesbian, but she has sex with a man in exchange ...more
Cindy Roesel
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Much like how the Upstate New York town of Madena, is broken-down and decaying, the residents who run the video rental shop, tattoo parlor and bars are fragile and worn-out. Linda Legters, CONNECTED UNDERNEATH (Lethe Press) contains deeply flawed characters from the wrong side of the tracks, who carry lots of secrets and desperately try to push us away, as we rush to turn to the next page.

Persephone is a fifteen year-old girl who would rather run around naked at the High-School track
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Jennifer
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Connected Underneath, by Linda Legters, is not a book I would have normally picked up on my own; however, I was pleasantly surprised while reading it. It a strangely fascinating story.

In the beginning, wheelchair-bound Celeste, makes assumptions about her neighbours and the lives they live. It's not that crazy. We all make these kinds of speculations about others everyday. In Connected Underneath, Celeste think about acting on hers. And when we make snap judgements and comments based
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Katie O'Rourke
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't envy the author/editor who had to come up with the Amazon summary. It's a good one, and better than anything I could do. The story itself is difficult to describe plot-wise, made up of an eclectic group of characters and their complex histories. Linda Letgers' writing is beautiful, smart and compelling. It's heavier on narration than dialogue, and I worried that might slow things down, but it didn't. I zoomed through this.

There are so many amazing descriptions. Here's one of
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An emotional read exploring the dangers of harboring secrets, adoption and single parenting of a teen, relationships.

Theo and Seph are on the verge of a major collision. Theo desperate to mend rents in the relationship with his daughter as he achingly tries to figure out how along with what's eating her alive, clawing at maintaining the thin tether of connection. Parents will be able to relate to Theo's dilemma and conundrum. His pain, con
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Deborah Blanchard
This is such a sad book. It will stay with you and have you thinking "what if" over and over. It is extremely well written and heart wrenching. The characters are deeply developed. I felt so bad for Seph. She never realized how much she was loved. Natalie is evil and is lacking in humanity. Theo is doing the best that he can. Celeste, well is Celeste. The story flows well throughout this book. You will be left feeling heartbroken, I know that I am. In the end we are all connected through our mut ...more
Susan Tollefson
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Connected Underneath! The story concerns a worried and outside-the-box father and his teenage daughter Persephone and an odd, wheelchair-bound narrator, Celeste, who gets caught up in both of their lives. Yes, Persephone has a girlfriend instead of a boyfriend who doesn't love her, but the real theme is how profoundly a father can love his daughter without truly grasping her pressing and unltimately devastating wounds, wounds that outstrip her fierce struggle to find her place in the wor ...more
Meredith
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This was a fascinating story about residents of a small town in New York. The story weaves around their actions and reactions of particular events.

What this story shows us is how secrets can poison our relationships. That we should be weary of the consequences of failing to do what we can and should do to help others. And most importantly to trust in love.

I received this book as part of the Goodreads giveaways and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to read it.
Kathy Kate
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great story of the angst that is teenage, family, heartbreak and parenting. Small town story with universal reach, trying to find where one belongs and what makes a family.
Lillian
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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It's not just ripples in the pond, it's what made the stones that caused the ripples. Fantastic read with multiple layers. Best read in one sitting.
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