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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (Books: A true story) (booksatruestory) | 218 comments Mod
Here's what Oprah.com says about it:

"Announced on June 18,1997


About the Book
It's the summer of 1960 in Atkinson, Vermont. Marie Fermoyle is a strong but vulnerable divorced woman whole loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for dangerous con man Omar Duvall. Marie's children are Alice, seventeen - involved with a young priest; Norm, sixteen - hothead and idealistic; and Benjy, twelve - isolated and misunderstood, and so desperate for his mother's happiness that he hides the deadly truth he knows about Duvall.

We also meet Sam Fermoyle, the children's alcoholic father; Sam's brother-in-law, who makes anonymous "live" calls from the bathroom of his failing appliance store; and the Klubock family who - in contrast to the Fermoyles - live an orderly life in the house next door.

Songs in Ordinary Time is a masterful epic of the everyday, illuminating the kaleidoscope of lives that tell the compelling story of this unforgettable family."


message 2: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (Books: A true story) (booksatruestory) | 218 comments Mod
I just got back from Vermont not two days ago! I have lots of family there. Can't wait to get started.


message 3: by Kathie (new)

Kathie | 2 comments I read this book some time ago and really liked it. I can understand that some others did not like it. I kept reading wondering when Marie Fermoyle would finally wake up to all that was going on with those around her and dump that awful boyfriend.


message 4: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisarosenbergsachs) | 66 comments This book sounds vaguely familiar. I think that I read it several years ago, but I will look for it in the library and read it again.


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisarosenbergsachs) | 66 comments I just finished reading this book and am pleased to report that I hadn't read it before. At first, I found this book difficult to get absorbed in because I found most of the main characters very unsympathetic. Somehow she managed to hold my interest and I eventually got to a point where I couldn't put it down. The characters grew on me although I feel it could have been many scenes shorter. The way in which Marie keeps falling for Omar's lies over and over again had the feel of Groundhog Day. I also kept wondering when she would get her head on straight. That said, I found the characters richly drawn and I think that it was a good portrait of rural poverty and its debilitating effects on people.


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