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Home Repair

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  649 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
Can lighting really strike twice? Just ask Eve, whose husband walks out on her in the middle of a garage sale. Eve's beloved Ivan died thirteen years ago in an automobile accident. Her charming, boyish Chuck has taken a different exit out of her life: hopping into his car in the middle of a garage sale with no forewarning and departing their formerly happy upstate New York ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 17th 2009)
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Eli Bosnick
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an Advance Review Copy too and I think this book is amazing. The first reviewer must be a moron. Nothing happens? A woman's husband walks out on her in the middle of a tag sale-- which is hilarious and sad. Her mother moves to town. Some people fall in love. Enemies turn into friends. This woman has to hold it together when everything is falling apart. There are unexpected deaths, a lot of comedy, and at the end there's a marriage. Its like saying nothing happens in War & Peace. Life ...more
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one. My wife was reading it, and I started and then could not put it down. Having been left alone in the middle of my own life, I could definitely relate-- and I loved the touches of humor. The kids were my favorite characters, and some of the minor characters have stayed in my mind which is one way I know I've read a great book. Noticed this is Rosenberg's first adult novel-- wish she'd hurry up and write another.
May 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the story-line makes for a page-turner that I wanted to devour in one sitting, I allowed myself (for the most part—toward the end I couldn’t stop) to savor the beautiful writing: the rich and varied voices of the characters, the details that so vividly convey place and the gentle but firm humor. I feel sorry for the next book I try to read, as Home Repair is a very hard act to follow.
Margaret K.
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Home Repair, Liz Rosenberg’s novel, is a book I started midday, thinking I would dip into at a leisurely pace. After a couple of chapters, life beckoned and I had to put it down. That night, at 3:00 A.M., I was wide awake wondering just how all these lovable, wacky, real characters were faring. I couldn’t put the book down again until all reports were in.
There’s such artistry here. The plot zigzags with second act surprises and laugh-out-loud dialogue. No other novel I have read in the last f
Kono Grant
Sep 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am fussy as heck but really liked this book. It seems to me far superior to most of the books that have been so highly touted this spring and summer. I'd much rather read a book like Home Repair than the Water for Elephants, Secret Life of Bees, or even that Potato Peel club. Enjoyed the beauty of the prose here and the twists and turns the characters take. Again, don't want to include a spoiler but there were some genuine plot surprises here that knocked me out.
May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loving it so far. Look forward to getting home from work so I can keep on with the story. Favorite part: teenage kid wears a t shirt that says "Cat: the other white meat." I also like the Jewish grandma from Tennessee. Surprising characters. Nice mix of funny and sad. I keep thinking this would make a great movie.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
It was suggested to me that I read this book. A friend of the author had read my blog and told me this book might be one I’d like. I’ve been wary of books offered up to me. Lately I’ve had nothing but disappointments.

Not this book. Not sure how the friend of the author knew this, but this book was an absolutely perfect match for me…a main character, Eve, who has been widowed and now abandoned by a second husband, leaving his family during a garage sale, no less. Left with two kids to raise. A sh
Natalie Elizabeth
Best novel I've read so far this year. Laugh out loud funny. Great book about being dumped when you least expect it.
Betty Boop
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very much enjoyed this book, will add it to my permanent library. reads very quickly
Alisha B
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things that sticks out most for me with Home Repair is that it truly has a feeling of authenticity. Often in books, when the tragic or fantastic occurs, it feels contrived or manufactured, a vehicle for the author to get the characters from one point to another, or to teach a lesson. However, with this book, the events feel natural. When Eve and her seventeen-year-old son, Marcus, get into a fight about him going for a ride in his friend’s new sports car, it had a very familiar feelin ...more
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Liz Rosenberg is an American poet, novelist, children's book author, and book reviewer. She is currently a professor of English at Binghamton University.
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“And that was the thing: you couldn't just stand there gawking at the world. A car slipped by. Then another. It was as if she'd stood frozen by the river of the world and gratefully stepped back into it, resuming her place... The world waited, cold, grim, alive, beautiful. There was no saying no to it.” 4 likes
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