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  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Books; Auflage: Reprint (30. August 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 014311929X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119296
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,7 x 21,5 cm
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Beverly Jensen earned an MFA in drama from Southern Methodist University. After her death in 2003, her story “Wake” was published in the New England Review, included in The Best American Short Stories 2007, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is survived by her husband, Jay Silverman, and their two children.

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Am Anfang habe ich gewartet, dass die Geschichte endlich - spannend, ergreifend oder wie auch immer - losgeht, aber dann habe ich bemerkt, dass ich schon mittendrin bin. Leise, traurig, fröhlich, witzig - eben eine Geschichte, wie das Leben sie schreibt. Ein leises und tolles Buch!
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A Sense of Reality 16. Juni 2010
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The vividness of the characters in this book take me back to a time as a young reader when a story I was reading took hold of my mind in a kind of hyper-reality, more real than reality itself. There is an intensity and specificity that I seldom experience anymore.

These characters are not archetypes, they are *people.* They don't represent any idea or theory; they are themselves. Things happen as they do simply because life is wild and unpredictable. Why is the fragile balance of the lives of 3 young children living in Hardscrabble Bay suddenly over-turned by the disaster of losing their mother? No reason except that things like that happen.

Their father could have been a good enough father, if he had had the moderating influence of his wife, whom he sincerely loved. But with her death, things go downhill badly. His inchoate rage at his only son, his neglect of his first daughter, his semi-incestuous love for his second daughter, and his complete disregard for the child whose birth killed his wife are simply the result of forces that he can't control. He's not a villain, as someone else said, but he's also not just a victim. He is a human being, in all his complexity and ambiguity.

It was only when I got near the end of the book that I began to realize that these characters were probably drawn from the author's own family history. Her name is Beverly Jensen, and Idella is married to Edward Jensen, so perhaps Idella is her own grandmother and Avis her aunt, and this book is the working out and imagining of her own tangled family history. I can see her struggling to make sense of the backdrop of her life by bringing these people back to life and watching them play the hand they were dealt.

Because this story is so real, there is no happy ending, no predetermined arc, but there is a sense of satisfaction as some of the more shocking problems that these people confront are resolved. I was entirely captivated by the quality of the narrative, and if you care to observe life as it is actually experienced, rather than a story with a warm fuzzy glow, this is a wonderful book.
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Vivid Portrait of Life as it was 5. Juli 2010
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The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay, is a poignant novel which spans a period of some 70 years. Beginning in 1916, the story follows the lives of two sisters Idella and Avis Hillock, who live on a seaside bluff in New Brunswick Canada. When the novel begins, they are just young girls whose lives are forever changed when their mother dies after giving birth to their sister Emma. The girls also have an older brother Dalton, but the essential focus of the novel is on Avis and Della.

After their mother dies, their father brings in a young French girl in to care for the children, but when that doesn't work out, he sends the older girls to live with relatives in Maine. It isn't long before the girls are back home (1921), to care for their father when he is seriously injured. Once they are back home, it is Della takes on the majority of the responsibility around the house. She resents the fact that her sister Avis is out having fun, while she is stuck at home.

As the girls become women they move from Canada to Maine, where Della gets work as a maid. She later marries Edward Jensen and inherits his difficult mother as well. Avis goes from one relationship to another, and never really settles down. In 1966 the children reunite to plan their father's funeral in a fashion that would have made their father smile.

There were several things that I liked about this novel, especially the way that it was more like a series of stories that followed the life of these two sisters from childhood to old age. The characters were memorable, and sense of place vivid, but what really made this novel memorable was the way The Sisters of Hardscrabble Bay came about.

Like my mother and my brother, the author Beverly Jensen died of pancreatic cancer; she in 2003. She was only 49 when she passed away, leaving behind her husband and two children. The author spent years writing this novel, chronicling the lives of her relatives within these stories. What a lovely lasting tribute to her short life. You can read more about the author's life, her family, and how her novel came to be published on her website here: [...] - RECOMMENDED
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Stories of a life 4. Juni 2010
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I was immediately drawn to the type of book that "The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay" is, being that I tend to be attracted to anything old-fashioned or quaint. And the format of a series of a stories was another appeal, one that works well to cover quickly the important moments from childhood up through old age and death. Wonderfully written, it is one of those poignant books that should be liked by those looking for something with both grit and almost-cutesy heart.

As the title suggests, the stories follow two New Brunswick sisters Idella and Avis--namely Idella as our leading lady--through the lives they live after managing to escape their dreary life on their drunken father's farm. As the book consists of short stories, only a few glimpses are given, but they are appreciated and almost make this the sort of book a reader might pick up at leisure and flip to a story of one's choosing; indeed, these stand on their own and vary from the tragic to the humorous, all heart-felt. There are certainly stories that are more memorable than others, however.

The characters, what we see of them, are fascinating, and Jensen avoids making any villains, including the father (for whom I just couldn't help but feel) and Idella's cheating husband. These aren't exactly character-driven tales, but there is a fine balance of fate, pure storytelling, and the personalities of these people.

Writing? Perhaps the best thing about this book. Though Jensen has passed away, she was in life a very gifted writer and certainly knows her way around words. She used a winning combination of sparse but spot-on description and charming dialogue.

I can't say if this is the sort of book that will be memorable for me or simply get lost in the piles of books, albeit good ones, I've read. Still, it's well-done and I can't think of any true complaints I had.
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Kind of a twisting and turning tale for me, but well written 8. Juni 2010
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As I read this book, I sometimes felt as if I were on a roller coaster ride. There are 4 parts to the book and inside those parts there are big jumps in the storyline. It all begins with young Avis, Idella and Dalton living a decent life with their parents in Canada in 1916. I was almost expecting a little house on the prairie kind of story, but after the first few pages, the story pretty much wades in misery filled waters. It was a bit more depressing than I would have liked, I kept waiting for some happiness and fun to occur for the family, and it took awhile for that to happen. In this first part you read a great deal about a young French girl, Maddie, but then she disappears off the pages. It is kind of sad to realize people actually lived lives like these, but if you keep on reading, it does get happier.

The second part of the story begins 13 years later (1926) and covers what happens with Idella and Avis, primarily Idella though. Here the story is a bit more cheerful and lighthearted. Avis is certainly a character and you can't help but like her. You don't hear much at all about their father or brother until the last part of the book.

Part three is around 1940, Idella has kids and deals with her husbands issues to say the least. Avis continues her wild streak and the writing keeps you engrossed in the story.

Part four stretches from 1954 to 1987. Here you get some of the loose ends tied up and some resolution to the various story lines.

This was one of those books that I thought got better as it went along. I didn't like the big jumps in time during the story at first because I would be caught up in the moment of what I was reading, and then I see that that particular story line ended and a new one began. I'm not into depressing stories (and what is depressing to me, might not be to you) and the first section was a little hard for me to get through, although in hindsight, it doesn't seem too sad now. But I do recall thinking I really didn't know if I wanted to finish reading it, but now I am glad I did read it all. In all, it is an interesting glimpse into the lives of 2 women who turned a hard life into a good one for themselves. It doesn't paint most of the men in a wonderful light and you truly feel for what many of the women had to put up with, exception is Idella's mother in law, whew, what a piece of work she was. You should find out for yourselves.
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Started Good But Went Downhill 19. September 2010
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This is a thoroughly entertaining book spanning seventy years, following two sisters from their motherless childhood in Canada to Boston to Maine. It skips years and is told somewhat like short stories but about the same people. I like that because it means it's not bogged down with irrelevant details and information.

I simply didn't like the characters most of the time. The dad is an alcoholic jerk who bosses his older daughter around. Maddie tho briefly in the book, is a lying thief (can't blame her really, but still didnt' like her). Avis goes from being a perfect child for a pro birth control poster to a total you know what as an adult (I'm thinking 5 letters, first letter B, rhymes with itch). And Idella allows herself to be bossed and pushed around her entire life by her dad, her sister, employers, mother in law, and husband. Edward... good golly, what the heck is wrong Idella marrying a guy like him??

Basically, I didn't love the characters in the beginning, but as the book wore on and the characters grew, I started to like them even less and did not enjoy their stories as much. By the end, I couldn't stand them.
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