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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Interweaving the stories of three broken characters, this poignant novel traces the paths of Amelia Geist, Tris Holloway, and Holly Schenck. Amelia, in a lifelong act of penitence and defiance, has remained a virgin and saved herself for Tris, her first love, who abandoned her more than 50 years ago. A few weeks from retirement, Tris lives in the hills above Silicon Valley ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Luminis Books, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Three characters with inter-locking lives are presented in this book. Each carries his/her regrets and painful memories, which are examined with precision by the author. The end is haunting and poignant, and the prose flows effortlessly. I will especially remember Amelia, whose life was lived based on a love never meant to be. Tris, the object of her heartfelt dreams from long ago, is mired in a marriage that never should have been. Holly has a painful past of abuse, which never allows her to be ...more
Feb 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
More a Screenplay than a Novel

Chris Katsaropoulos knows what he's about: he has served in the roles of editor and publisher with such prestigious houses as McGraw-Hill, Pearson Prentice Hall and Macmillan, he has authored trade and technical books (some, pertinent to this book, dealing with the Internet as business) and he and his wife founded Emergent Learning LLC after encountering out-of-boy experiences. In FRAGILE, his first novel, he combines all of these elements of knowledge and experien
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a highly creative and deeply satisfying novel. At times, the experimental parts are a bit unnerving, until you understand that the author changes viewpoint character smack dab in the middle of a sentence. We have three very different viewpoint characters: a 65-year-old spinster, the 65-year-old man she saved herself for, and a single mother hairdresser. Their stories intertwine in fascinating ways, so that we are confronted with questions such as, a) what is a life all about? b) comparin ...more
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Author: Chris Katsaropoulos
Publisher: Luminis Books
ISBN: 978-1-935462-27-9

Mesmerizing and beautiful, a truly stunning book! Katsaropoulos is new to writing fiction, and his first novel sets the bar incredibly high. This book takes the reader into the minds and hearts of three very different people:
Holly, a beautician and single mom of 2 young daughters, involved once again with the wrong man for all the wrong reasons, leading a life of self destruction.

Tris, a well to do businessman n
Christy Lockstein
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fragile by Chris Katsaropoulos is an experiential novel about what pulls us together and apart. Amelia Geist saved herself for her childhood love, Tris Holloway, even though he has long abandoned her. Holly Schenk is just trying to make ends meet to take care of her two daughters alone, but she can't seem to want the right man. Tris, Amelia's love, is ready to retire, but his wife has tired of him and is cleaning out all remnants of their life together while he tries to find purpose in the last ...more
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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I started this book with a bit of a preconceived notion of what I would be reading. I'll admit, it wasn't the most positive of expectations. And when I first came to a part where a sentence was broken off in the middle and a new paragraph was starting, I was appalled at the bad editing I had suspected slipped through the cracks. I was then presently surprised. I've read a lot of books that switched points of view, and while many of them were surperb books I could not get past the unhappiness I f ...more
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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May 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
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I was enjoying it more before this one particular event (view spoiler) when the narration gets kind of psychedelic and even more stream-of-consciousness and disjointed. I found the format both frustrating and intriguing. This story is told by three narrators, and the narration switches between them, abruptly, mid-sentence, hinging on a common word or phrase like a "Before and After" puzzle on Wheel of Fortune. This was kind of cool, but I had two problems with it: 1) ...more
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Thank you Goodreads!

This book is probably 3 1/2 stars. The story was very intriguing as 3 character's lives and stories are woven together. Amelia, an older woman, has saved herself for the love of her life. Tris, her childhood friend and love, is currently in a loveless marriage and suffering with knowledge of the past. Holly, a single mom, is looking for love but unfortunately because of an incident in her childhood she is a broken and a forlorn woman. All three of these characters are "fragil
Michele Minor
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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This is an interesting book told from three different points of view. There are times when the story is hard to follow due to the rapid changes in the point of view. The ending of the book is unexpected where the man Tris regretted leaving Amelia fifty years ago while Amelia vowed to never have sex with another man other than Tris. Holly is a single mom who can not be without a boyfriend. The three characters are broken in their own way.
Al Riske
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fragile Characters, Strong Writing

Fragile is the debut novel of Chris Katsaropoulos, a keen observer of human nature whose prose is innovative, poetic, and at times truly transcendent. While juggling three different perspectives, he keeps us very much in the moment and yet the past is always present (and deeply felt) for his characters.
May 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Didn't think I would like this at all at first. Unique way of writing the story. Told from the perspective of 3 different people. The last word in a sentence is sometimes also the first word of a different veiwpoint. Hard to follow at first but then I got used to it. ...more
Jennifer Walkup
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful - experimental in structure, and beautifully crafted. It's a story of human nature and intricacies and of how we all fit together, when we're broken, and when we're whole. Fragile made me think and consider many things, the characters lingering even after I finished reading. ...more
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