A good confession: A novel

A good confession: A novelDressed In A Bathrobe, With Hair Spilled And Last Night S Lipstick Crusting The Corners Of Her Mouth, Meg O Shaughnessy Atherton Opens Her Door To A Beautiful Young Woman Who, With Unshakable Poise, Declares That She Has Been The Mistress Of Meg S Husband For Four Years Even Lacerating Than This Disclosure Is The Simultaneous News That Meg S Adored Grandfather Is Dying In Boston As She Leaves The Sterile Discomfort Of Her Elegant Chicago Apartment To Head East For The Bedside Vigil, Meg S Memories Of Childhood Grow In Momentum And Complexity Her Grandparents, Big Jim And Kate, Had Been Plainspoken, Honest To The Marrow, And Without A Trace Of Pretension Brought Up By Them On Mahoney Street, Meg Was Part Of A Loving, Close Knit Family On Mahoney Street Too, She Met Her First Love, Val, Who Had Ambitions For The Priesthood, And Spenser, Of Another Faith And Social Class, Whom She Married, For Better, Perhaps For Worse As Meg Reassesses Her Own Marital Situation In Contrast To The Warm, Eminently Rewarding Marriage Of Big Jim And Kate, She Comes To A Deeper Understanding Of Human Fallibility And Strength She Learns How To Face The Future, As Well As The Past, Not With Regret Or Trepidation, But Rahter With Courage For As Meg Says, I Am Your Red Haired, Freckled Kind Of Irishwoman And Fear Does Not Become Me Compassionate, Witty, And Graceful, This Portrait Of The Joys And Sorrows Of An Irish American Family Is That Rare Event In Contemporary Fiction A Genuinely Affirmative Novel. 2.5 stars and spoilers ahead, though this really isn t the sort of book where it matters This was not an awful book by any stretch of the imagination, but it was also not a book for me Where Elizabeth Cullinan s House of Gold tackles a similar subject dealing with the death of the oldest generation of a sprawling Irish American family Cullinan manages to tell a compelling story while largely avoiding tropes or cliches Savage s book seems rather to position itself comfortably in the middle of these tropes It doesn t make it a bad book, and I m sure it will hit very close to home for some It s nicely written, and Meg is an interesting protagonist self aware but never quite enough to be happy But it s not my style Savage s tale centers on Meg, who begins the story answering the door, dressed in her robe and day old makeup, to her husband s years long mistress Bad news begets bad news, and she then is hit with the news that her beloved grandfather has suffered and horrible accident, and doesn t have much longer to live It s a story almost overflowing with nostalgia, and also with bitterness Meg was raised by her grandparents Kate and Big Jim, and grew up idolizing both them and their marriage Her childhood was sprawling, talkative, vibrant, centered on Kate s house and the flurry of people who came happily into her orbit Despi
I do love Elizabeth Savage If you like this paragraph you might love her too The moment I saw number six I knew where I had always wanted to live in a white house with green shutters and a back entry where a boy could sneak his dog in, and a box for galoshes and a front sun porch where that boy could sleep with a rattan rug that wouldn t show dog hairs so that boy could pretend nobody knew that he kept his beagle in And a

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  • Hardcover
  • 216 pages
  • A good confession: A novel
  • Elizabeth Savage
  • English
  • 25 November 2017
  • 9780316771429