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Up from the Blue von [Henderson, Susan]
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“[An] elegant debut…Henderson’s fascinating novel fearlessly examines the complexities of depression, romantic and filial love, and motherhood. Beautiful, funny, sad, and complicated, Tillie’s quest to understand her complex, troubled family is filled with lush descriptions of painfully emotional moments.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Inescapable sadness is threaded through with surprising moments of joy, in an intimate story that dispels the usual notions of victims and oppressors.” (Columbus Dispatch)

“Henderson beautifully portrays this family in crisis through its most voluble and consistent member. Rapturous prose reveals young Tillie’s heart as she yearns for the mother who will make her world better but who can’t seem to mend her own tortured soul. A triumphant debut.” (Library Journal)

“Henderson shows remarkable compassion in her debut novel, an affecting portrait of depression through a child’s eyes.” (Booklist)

“A haunting tale of the terrible ways in which we fail each other; of the whys, the what ifs, and the what nows. This is not a book you’ll soon forget.” (Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants)

“Up from the Blue deftly portrays a family with contradictions we can all relate to—it’s beautiful and maddening, hopeful and condemning, simple, yet like a knot that takes a lifetime to untangle. You will love it completely, even as it hurts you…it’s a heartbreaking, rewarding story that still haunts me.” (Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet)

“A rare literary page-turner full of shocking discoveries and twists. Susan Henderson has created a remarkable narrator—as memorable for her feistiness as for her tenderness. Up From the Blue is going to be one of this year’s major debuts.” (Josh Kilmer-Purcell, author of I Am Not Myself These Days)

“Susan Henderson’s debut novel Up From the Blue is elegant and engrossing….Tillie Harris is both tender and tough, charming and filled with wonder by the difficulties she must overcome. Henderson is a talent to watch.” (Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology and Falling Through the Earth)

“Up From the Blue is a heart-wrenching, tender story with a mystery that kept my pulse racing. What a joy to discover Tillie Harris, the most memorable, charming and plucky narrator in fiction since Scout Finch.” (Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties)

“Haunting and unsettling, Up From the Blue’s real alchemy is the way it uncovers the stories that alternately save us and keep us from our real truths. Incandescently written, this is a stunning debut with heart.” (Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls in Trouble and Pictures of You)

“Up from the Blue is a beautiful, haunting, spirited debut, charged with secrets and deep longing. Susan Henderson has written a moving love story, a portrait of that deep lasting love between mother and daughter.” (Julianna Baggott, author of Girl Talk, The Madam, and Which Brings Me to You)

“A remarkable debut, not just for the uncanny accuracy and charm of eight-year-old Tillie’s narrative voice, but for the way the characters reveal unexpected angles of themselves that somehow make them realer than real. Up from the Blue lingers in the mind.” (Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama)


"Up from the Blue is a beautiful, haunting, spirited debut, charged with secrets and deep longing. Susan Henderson has written a moving love story, a portrait of that deep lasting love between mother and daughter."--Julianna Baggott, author of Girl Talk, The Madam, and Which Brings Me to You


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 697 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0061984035
  • Verlag: Oneworld Publications (5. Januar 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen 2 Kundenrezensionen
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As a psychologist I have heard all sorts of stories surrounding mental illness. This account could have well been one of
them. Even today mental illness is often "hidden" within many family systems and is unfortunately not seen for what it is; an illness.
Susan Henderson wrote an enthralling work about a family, out of the view of an 8 year old girl, who is trying to love and at the same time cope with the mother who is extremely ill, and a father refusing to accept the fact that his wife is ill and not just purposely "dropping out" of her duties as a mother and wife.
There was more than one surprise in this book and the author didn`t forget to display the humorous sides of life (even dealing with mental illness).
I gobbled this book in and enjoyed every last word. Thank you Ms. Henderson. I hope to read more of you in the future.
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Ein sehr berührendes Buch über eine Familie, in der die Mutter schwer depressiv ist. Das Buch ist aus Sicht der 8-jährigen Tilly geschrieben und beschreibt ihr Empfinden und das Thema Depression auf kindliche, aber dennoch sehr aufmerksame und interessante Weise. Eine absolute Empfehlung!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow! Incredible. 24. April 2014
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WOW! What an incredible novel, and a debut one at that! I loved this book so much and got completely and entirely wrapped up in it while reading. Now this is what I call a story!

Tillie is about to have her first baby, but her husband is away on business, and they have just moved back to Washington where she grew up. Scared and alone, she does the only thing she can think of, which is to call her father whom she hasn’t spoken to or seen in years. When he arrives at the hospital, the painful and difficult memories of her childhood rush back, and the “year that changed everything.” The story then alternates between present day at the hospital, where she is delivering 6 weeks early, and her childhood, which was disrupted by a severely depressed and manic mother, an angry father, and an aloof brother, all caused by the stresses and sadness that resonates with her mother. Tillie clings to hope, and tries to understand what’s wrong, all the while acting out and behaving poorly as a result of the problems inflicted by her mother at home.

This story is one of family, love, hope and loss. It’s a story of mental illness destroying a family. It’s a story of a daughter, so painfully devoted to a mother that is entirely too far away. It’s a story of a dysfunctional family and a father trying to hold things together. It’s so many things, and stirs up so many emotions. My heart broke for this family.

I loved Tillie and felt so much pain and sadness for her while she struggled to find out what was going on with her family, in particular, her mother. She was hopeful, hopeless, sad, funny, but always full of life. I think the best way to sum up Tillie is to tell you that, in the middle of her school play, she bursts out of the side of the stage and runs up and down the aisle in her yellow brick costume, and laughs all the while, despite the fact that she “destroyed” her school play (really, I think she made the school play). Her antics are, in large part, due to the dysfunctional home life she has.

All of the characters are incredibly three-dimensional and real. Their personalities, heartbreaks and emotions are completely evident and palpable, and they are drawn out so well. I genuinely felt as though these were real people. They are some of the most memorable and realistic characters I have ever encountered, Tillie in particular. She is easily one of my favorite characters of all time.

I could go on and on about this book, but know that there are many twists and turns, ups and downs, and that you will be utterly surprised by some of the things that happen. It is, by far, one of my favorite books of 2010. It brought out so many emotions and I felt deeply connected to, and invested in, Tillie’s life. I cannot recommend this one enough!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen What a sad and beautiful story of a young family that is ... 23. März 2016
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What a sad and beautiful story of a young family that is dealing with a mother's depression!! This book made me want to know what was going on. I felt the pain through the whole story. The little girl who couldnt get over being seperated from her mother, the family involved, and the twist were very gripping. Also gives voice to those suffering. Although we have come a long way in treatment for depression, there is still a stigma and some people dont understand how someone cant just "snap out of it". While the father's answer was absurd and so horrible, you want to understand why he did it. All of the characters were endearing. Definitely worth reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing; still reeling months later 14. Januar 2013
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Up From The Blue begins in the hazy summer heat of 1975 (the year I was born, so a lot of this world will be pretty familiar to people my age). Tillie, our main character, is at that age caught between infancy and teenage-dom. Adults don't ever believe children that age can do anything alone or competently, yet expect them to behave like mini adults. It's a pressure cooker of expectation and chaos for an eight year-old like Tillie.

Tillie has an older brother, who is trying to force himself into the model son role; at the outset, the reason for this isn't quite clear. Once we are introduced to their parents, we find that his behavior, as well as Tillie's, is shaped by the dynamic at home. Her father is a strictly upright Air Force colonel. Her mother is any stay-at-home mother, searching for herself, trying to fit in, wanting the best for her children. She's intelligent, artistic, and loving. But she's not successful at any of it; she's losing herself. Like an oil painting that had turpentine spilled on it, Tillie's mother is losing cohesion, and nobody knows how to repair her.

The story is easy to slip into; Susan Henderson has a way of writing her reader into something of a trance. It's a feeling as though you've stepped into the house that had been your grandparents' during your childhood - everything is familiar, but changed. You might catch a scent, or see the old wallpaper, and a million memories flood through.

It was hard at some moments to look back and see the parallels, especially the one that was law in our own house: "We don't talk about things with anyone outside the family." For Tillie, this means that she eventually designs her own rules. She will keep her own secrets. This is the true danger in the dichotomy of childhood - if we give children too many burdens, complexities, or paradoxes, ultimately, they shape their world to protect themselves and the ones they love.

Tillie's mother is the one she loves enough to protect, to reshape her life around, to break every rule that might or might not some point, Tillie doesn't care to look back and check anymore. Everything is right if it's done out of love.

Adults realize that love often isn't quite enough to get by on.

Children don't have all those bumps and bruises yet.

There's a wonderful languid awareness in the storytelling here - small particulars that seem so familiar - you may find yourself saying, "I remember that!" several dozen times - and the family dysfunction will certainly seem like something we can all recognize. As with many books, I did long for just a *little* bit more, just another few pages at the end, but in all, a satisfying book to read and think on. If this book is seemingly a little too uncomfortably familiar, for instance, you definitely must finish it, as I did. Because, in a way, I think Tillie is waiting for people like us to forgive or be forgiven...only then can she do the same.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Excellent Story 10. November 2012
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I was hooked from the beginning on this richly worded story of a woman who is about to give birth, prematurely, and is forced to turn to her estranged father for help in getting to the hospital. While in labor, Tillie recalls her young years, especially the year she was eight. This was the 1970s when mental illness was still pretty well shrouded in secrecy and shame. When what went on behind closed doors was the business of the family and in this story the family, son, daughter, mother, and father clearly suffered, each in their own way, because of society's rules of conduct. Don't talk about it and don't tell what goes on in your home.
Tillie grew up in a military family, the father hid behind a strict military mindset with no frills, no nonsense. Sit up straight, yes sir, no sir. The mother was eccentric, literary, narcissistic, and mentally ill. Phil the young boy of twelve tried to hold it together by following the rules, by sitting up straight, by obeying every word out of dad's mouth. Tillie could not bend to rules and desperately needed to know her mother loved her. The characters are well drawn and seem to live in the pages of the book. I really, really liked it. Eunice Boeve, author of Ride a Shadowed Trail
5.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific Book 15. Mai 2017
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Wow what a writer you are. Me Henderson covers a very difficult subject from the thoughts of her youth. Great book.
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