- Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Random House (23. August 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0375506039
- ISBN-13: 978-0375506031
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,3 x 16,2 x 2,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 18 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 570.212 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Open House: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 23. August 2000
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, August 2000: The narrator of Elizabeth Berg's Open House calls divorce "a series of internal earthquakes ... one after the other." She ought to know. Samantha is abandoned by her husband in the opening pages of this three-handkerchief special, and the resultant tremors keep her off-balance for most of the novel. There are practical problems aplenty, of course, including a shortage of money and an 11-year-old son to raise. But Sam's sense of emotional bereavement is far worse, despite the fact that her husband had been giving her the conjugal cold shoulder for years:
I miss David so much, yes I do, I miss the presence of another person in my bed at night, even if he doesn't touch me; the reliability of someone else being there in the morning, even if they only shave and stare straight ahead into the mirror while you lean against the bathroom doorjamb with your cup of coffee, chatting hopefully.The loneliness in her "as constant and as irrefutable" as circulating blood, Sam begins to rebuild her life. She finds herself a job and takes in a couple of boarders to help meet her mortgage payments. (One of them, a depressed student named Lavender Blue, informs her that "life was nothing but one major disappointment after the other"--the sort of homily that Sam is understandably reluctant to hear these days.) She also starts dating, with disastrous results. Yet this comically kvetching heroine does manage to find love in the ruins, and by the time Open House winds down, it's hard not to believe that she's much better off. Throughout, Berg alternates her snappy and sappy registers like a real pro. And the conclusion, which most readers will be able to spot a mile off, seems just right--the light at the end of the post-matrimonial tunnel. --Anita Urquhart
Praise for Durable Goods
"A little gem of a book."—Richard Bausch
Praise for Talk Before Sleep
"Elizabeth Berg is one of those rare souls who can play with truths as if swinging across the void from one trapeze to another."
Praise for The Pull of the Moon
"It is wise and witty, thoughtful and exhilarating. It leaves the reader observing life with greater hope and satisfaction."
Praise for What We Keep
"Berg knows the hearts of her characters intimately, showing them with compassion, humor, and an illuminating generosity."
—The Seattle Times
Praise for Range of Motion
"Berg's brilliant insights about the human condition, plus her capacity for turning the ordinary into richly detailed prose, make this book the love story of the year."
—Detroit Free Press
How is it possible that an author can make you feel like a young girl in love for the first time as Berg did in Joy School? Or how can an author make you feel like a woman on the brink of 50, filled with regrets and coinfusion? And now, in her latest book, how can Berg make her readers feel like a woman whose husband has recently moved out, when they've never been divorced? Perhaps because this is Bergs greatest ability, her uncanny knack which makes us feel as though she's writing about us or at the very least that she's writing about dear friends. And while many of us have read books with similar themes, Berg presents this subject matter as if it is a brand new by writing the most witty and poignant passages.
Samantha is 42, the mother of an 11 year old boy, whose husband has recently left her. As she contemplates adjusting to her new status, she must deal not only with her emotions but also care for her son as well as listen to her rather eccentric mothers philosophy on love and life. Then as a means of providing herself with extra money, Sam rents a couple of rooms to boarders. And as Sam opens up her house, it is as if she opens up her heart as well. And for us as readers we get to meet some of Berg's most memorable characters.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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It is by pure chance that this book had been given to me by an American friend, as I'm taking over her English Book Club at the local Libary, and this is the next book that the... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 4. September 2005 von Paula Fischer
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Berg's work but, unfortunately, this isn't her best work. I found it easy and full of the easy way out. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2000 von Caroline P. Hampton
I've read all of Elizabeth Berg's books, and this may be the best! I love her style -- the way you can identify with and become friends with the characters. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2000 von Suzan
I, too, am an avid Elizabeth Berg fan, but I agree with scm326 in her review, that this book seems to be written by an entirely different person! Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2000 von Writer Gal
I have to actually giggle as I think back to one of the funniest scenes revolving around human behavior I have ever read. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 27. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
Every time I read a book by Elizabeth Berg, I think two things: First, "Boy, does she know women!", and second, "It's over already? Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2000 von KJ
I have always loved Elizabeth Berg's books, especially her last, Until the Real Thing Comes Along. In contrast, this book seemed like it was written by a different person! Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2000 von Susan C. McConnell