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The Summer of Ordinary Ways by Nicole Helget
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Jul 10, 2012

really liked it

The controversy surrounding this book and "A Million Little Pieces" (which I have not read) can be credited for helping me acknowledge the fickle conundrum of memory - mine and others. This was a wonderfully written memoir. I can believe what she says because the people are true to rural central Minnesota. However, no one will ever know what is really the truth. Families have secrets. Some people prefer to air them. Some people don't. Some people create memories that don't exist for many reasons, or, embellishment of stories makes them believe their versions. Many people block out things they don't want to remember. So, whether what she writes is truth, embellishment, or downright fiction cannot be known. What is known and proven is that she can write well. Enjoyed it a lot.
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message 1: by Carol (new)

Carol I like you statement about memory and about family secrets. I have often felt that my perception of events and that of my loved-ones may differ. If we were to write our stories and you read each, who would you believe?

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