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    Cathie Pelletier(Author)

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After Rosemary O'Neal's lover of eight years commits suicide, her zany family descends upon her, intent on consolation, but she retreats to a tent on the lawn to make sense of her grief and find redemption and renewal. Reprint.

This humorous novel from the author of The Weight of Winter tells of a bereaved Maine woman's relationship with her oddball family. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. Though still set in northern Maine, this fourth novel departs from Pelletier's trilogy: The Funeral Makers ( LJ 5/15/86); Once Upon a Time on the Banks ( LJ 8/89); and The Weight of Winter ( LJ 11/1/91). Through a year's cycle, we follow high school English teacher Rosemary as she recovers, after their eight years together, from her artist lover's unexpected suicide. Pelletier skillfully deals with death in life-affirming ways. Her lyrical chapters are gems glinting with humor that could generally stand alone as short stories. Rosemary's family and friends form a cast of unique characters that are nevertheless believable. Pelletier is excellent at illuminating ordinary lives within nature's context, bringing out the beauty and complexities they contain. Libraries collecting contemporary fiction should own all four highly recommended novels.- Rebecca S. Kelm, North ern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland HeightsCopyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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  • PDF | 290 pages
  • Cathie Pelletier(Author)
  • Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (December 1, 1994)
  • English
  • 8
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By James Neville on November 13, 2007

    This is a wonderful work of quirky characters, ups and downs, life affirmation, and wisdom. The book covers the first year in the life of the heroine, Rosemary O'Neal, after the loss of her lover of eight years, William, to suicide.The writing is sensuous but distant as Rosemary recalls growing up with her family and her time with William. Her relatives and best friend from college descend on her, filling her guest rooms, and driving her out of the house to live in a tent on the hill for peace and privacy.She uses the year to answer questions about William and about herself, and emerges calmer, stronger, wiser, and whole again to carry forth.I identify with the ups and downs of dealing with the memories of family members gone, and other cherished experiences lost to the past, and the challenge of continuing to deal with the present and with others and to grow. It is a gentle, poignant, beautiful treatment that leaves us whole, like Rosemary, to carry on.

  • By Lindor on August 8, 2014

    I found a copy of "The Bubble Reputation" by chance years ago in a local store. I have read the book many times since then, and would probably rank it among my favorites. The characters are quirky but sympathetic, and my heart always aches for the main character, Rosemary. The story is humorous but very sad at the same time. This book has gotten me through some of my own hard moments in life, as it's one of my go-to's when I'm in need of an escape. I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone looking for something new to read. Cathie Pelletier is an amazing, albeit somewhat unknown, author.

  • By bookloverintexas on January 16, 2011

    Nicely written, an easy, flowing read, and possibly would have liked and stuck with this book at another time in my life, but I became increasingly bored with the characters and situations 1/3 of the way in and had to let it go.Sorry this is another partially read/non-scientific review, but if I don't log this, I'll pick it up and try to read it again in another 10 yrs when I've forgotten I've already tried it once.

  • By Jo Ann Plante on February 4, 2015

    A typical Cathie Pelletier story of a small town and family life, but the way she writes, makes it funny, sad, interesting and wanting more.

  • By Linda on April 22, 2016

    Another great Cathie Pelletier book!

  • By Kate on March 6, 2014

    This entire book has been depressing. I've kept reading, hoping that sometime, something would happen to give the main character hope. Just now I got to the part with her cat. I wish I never would have read this book.AWFUL.

  • By C. Davidson on November 4, 2005

    This is the second time I've read this book and I liked it even less on the second reading. I'm a big fan of books with quirky characters, even though there were quirky characters in this book, I didn't find them believable or likable.The suicide story line did not ring true either, not enough emotion or explanation.I would pass on this one.


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