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This is a woman who uproots her child from Wisconsin and moves to Los Angeles, leaving behind a dull husband (not Ann's father--who wandered off long ago but makes appearances here in memories), under the premise that life will be beautiful and Ann will become a famous television star. But her lifelong dream and goal ("It was our secret, a nighttime whispered promise" turns out, like so many things in the Augusts' lives, to be lackluster when it becomes reality. Adele merely feeds on fantasy and drags her daughter along.
Nevertheless, it's hard not to worship her. We hear from her mother, her sister, from Ann, and finally from Adele herself, and no matter how she's used people, what trouble she's gotten into, or what lies she's told--and there are plenty of all three--a certain amount of awe always remains. When we come upon Ann's proclamation that "it's always the people like my mother, who start the noise and bang things, who make you feel the worst; they are the ones who get your love." It's startling to realize how heartily we agree with her. Anywhere But Here gives truth to this statement in a way that few books ever have. It's dense with misery and amazement all tangled together--a realistic and thus rare portrait of love. --Melanie Rehak
In the old days, after a life-enhancing visit to Syria, I proudly showed slides and served falafel to friends. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol Ryan
I had read this book years ago, and remembered it as a sad memoir type of story. It is, but I feel like it lost effect and continuity at times. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jennifer Fink
I am still at the begging of the book , but I can say , it reached my expectation ! actually I got to know this book after watching the movie " Anywhere but here" I really... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ibrahim
The book started off well, with crisp writing, poetic prose, and a dramatic tension between mother and daughter as they made their way across the states. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Angrydoug
Talk about dysfunctional! This mother was a mess and the poor daughter had no one to model herself after that results in many poor choices.Published 11 months ago by Marmaduke