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Het hart van het eiland

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Alles wat Molly Redwine liefheeft ontglipt haar. Totaal ontredderd vertrekt ze naar vrienden op het eiland Martha's Vineyard om weer wat grip op het leven te krijgen. Het verblijf op dit prachtige eiland doet haar goed en ze besluit te blijven en haar intrek te nemen in een huisje aan een afgelegen meertje. Tijdens de lange, strenge winter, waarin de kleine gemeenschap vol ...more
412 pages
Published 1998 by Het Spectrum (first published 1997)
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Russell Sanders
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beware of preconceived notions. When I pulled the battered copy of Up Island from a box of discarded books a friend had asked me to disperse, I saw the author’s name. Anne Rivers Siddons? Isn’t she a romance writer? Or does she do quick-read shallow best sellers? But reading the jacket flap, I saw the novel was set in Atlanta (I love anything set in the South) and in Martha’s Vineyard (a place that is as exotic to me as Afghanistan.) So I pulled the book and placed it on my “to-read” shelf. Some ...more
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I started out really liking this book, but in the end it was just kind of meh. I felt like it went on FOREVER. How long does it take to get to the inevitable conclusion, the one you knew it was going to get to from page 1? Sheesh.

Also, I thought the dream sequences with her dead mother were a really bizarre thing to focus on. And the romance that developed in the book was a real head scratcher (although I could see it coming from a mile away and kept thinking, "please don't get these people toge
Edith Le sann
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never read A.R. Siddons' books before. In fact, I don't have much experience with this type of fiction at all.

I am SO GLAD I found this book. It is so beautiful. It's also sometimes very ugly, very human. It is complex and emotional.

The main character is an early middle-age housewife and socialite from upper-middle class Atlanta, Georgia, whose comfortable life goes into a tailspin after her husband leaves her for a younger woman. The only aspect of her that I could possibly relate to is t
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-written and moving tale about a woman whose husband leaves her for someone else. Then her mother dies.

The thing is, I don't think this book is so much about divorce as it is about identity. Not just the way people identify you, but, more importantly, the way you identify yourself and what roles you play with the people around you. When something happens and you lose some of these labels and roles, it can be quite a struggle to define yourself to yourself and learn to live with your change
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a rather dark story. I struggled to keep reading, but in the end finished the book, and I'm glad I did.
Nov 03, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in a charity shop and reckon I got the book deal of the year. It was one of 'two for £1.25' and I don't remember better value for money. I loved it and as a bonus it was in great condition!

An author new to me, Anne Rivers Siddons told the story beautifully. I love words and phrases in their own right not just as part of a story, as I guess most readers do and there was so much here in which to delight. The characters were real, flaws and all. From the discovery and shock of inf
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
Molly Bell Redwine has had the mantra 'family means everything' instilled in her from early childhood by her charismatic, demanding mother. But in what seems like a single instant, Molly's world is tilted on its axis and she is shaken to her very core by the aftermath. When her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a much younger woman, Molly's world crumbles around her. She is devastated to learn that the "Other Woman" has stepped in to Molly's life and essentially replaced her - mov ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were parts of this book that I hated, and parts that I loved. Up Island doesn’t leave me unmoved, that’s for sure! I thank the author for bringing to life such genuine characters. Honestly, almost everyone in this story is either irritating or selfish, naïve, mean, sad, depressing, spiteful – and I can go on and on.. Except at the end, those few Ponders who come to Molly's aid, finally to assist her in caring for their own estranged relatives – a bit late, but nevertheless – they felt more ...more
Summer read with a predictable plot about a southern woman whose husband leaves her for a younger version. She spends the summer recovering and rebuilding her life on Martha's Vineyard with many references to a thinly disguised Chappy Beach Club, Edgartown and Vineyard life in general. Siddons is a good writer and her prose and plot lines are engaging.
My favorite part of the book was the reference to the swans Up Island near Chilmark where she spends the winter. Swans mate for life. The female
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Born Sybil Anne Rivers in Atlanta, Georgia, she was raised in Fairburn, Georgia, and attended Auburn University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
While at Auburn she wrote a column for the student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, that favored integration. The university administration attempted to suppress the column, and ultimately fired her, and the column garnered natio
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“You never, never ask a young man to take you anywhere, Molly. It’s cheap. It sounds desperate. It sounds like you can’t get a date any other way. With your height and those big breasts, you’re always going to have to be careful not to look desperate. A real beauty can get away with it, maybe, but the rest of us ordinary girls have to be very, very careful not to look desperate.” 1 likes
“I grew as fussy and particular about where to put what, which books should lie where, what cushion should grace what corner as a little old maiden lady. I think that it was partly because there was so little space and I had so few things to mess about with; at home, where the flotsam and jetsam of all our lives and years was as abundant as dust, it was possible only to try and contain it all, never mind arranging it. Here, in this sparsity of space and objects, I found that I cared inordinately what trinket or pillow or vase went where, what color book jacket sat next to another.” 0 likes
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