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The underside of joy

by Halverson, SereĢ Prince,

Format: Large Print 2012
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Moon Township Public Library Large Print LP F HALVERSO Sere Prince
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Large Print
 
Call Number  LP F HALVERSO Sere Prince
 
 
Summary
To Ella Beene, happiness is living in the northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. Then one day Joe breaks his own rule -- never turn your back on the ocean -- and a sleeper wave strikes, drowning not only the man but his many secrets. For three years Ella has been mother to his kids, believing that their mother, Paige, abandoned them. Then Paige shows up at the funeral to reclaim the children.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Halverson's debut novel marks her as a strong new voice in women's fiction. Three years after the death of her husband, young widow Ella Beene looks back at the joy of her early married life with the recognition that the most genuine happiness cannot be so pure, so deep, or so blind. What she has failed to see is that Joe might not have been completely honest about what went wrong with his first marriage. As the loving stepmother to his two children, Ella suddenly finds herself vulnerable to a custody suit from their mother, Paige. In addition, the Italian grocery business that Joe's family has run for decades in the quaint town of Elbow, California, is about to go under, and Ella must find a way to make a living. Halverson tells a complex story in agile prose, but her tale is awash in a full-throated emotionalism that aligns her more with Elizabeth Berg than the more nuanced Anita Shreve. Because of its focus on the meaning of family, this would make an excellent book-club choice.--Wilkinson, Joanne Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Fleeing a failed marriage, Ella Beene arrives in Elbow, Calif., where she meets Joe and his two children, abandoned four months ago by Paige, who suffered from postpartum depression. After a quick marriage, Ella's new life turns upside down after only three years when Joe drowns, leaving her a business deeply in debt and an ex-wife back in town intent on regaining custody of the children that Ella has come to love. A difficult custody battle results in Paige taking her children to Las Vegas. Ella follows, to be closer to the children, and the two women sustain a heated conflict until a terrible accident involving Zach, the youngest, makes them realize that they each care for these children deeply. Halverson paints a lovely picture of smalltown life and intimate family drama, creating sympathy for Ella, which is easy, but also for Paige, whose own troubled past complicates a figure that would ordinarily be demonized. Nuanced characters and a lack of cliche make for a winning debut. Agent: Weed Literary. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print core series.
Subjects Single mothers -- Fiction.
Divorced women -- Fiction.
Stepchildren -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Large type books.
California, Northern -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher Detroit, Michigan :2012
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Description 455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9781410447166
1410447162
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