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Fiona dwells on this original abandonment. She thinks about it when she wakes up with strange men, when she gets too drunk and sad, when all the people in town start to resemble sharks, preying on her. She keeps getting involved with bad men, and as the novel opens, she has been kicked out of her uncle's house after her boyfriend's arrest for selling drugs. Fiona Range is the story of her attempts to clean her life up, find love in the midst of loneliness and confusion, and find balance in the midst of seemingly insurmountable emotional chaos.
Morris (author of Songs in Ordinary Time) skillfully paints Fiona as a woman toughened by loneliness. Often she feels that she is beyond pain as a result of all she has endured: "Fiona Range's teeth had been filled without novocaine, her wounds stitched without anesthesia, her heart broken too many times to count. Once as a child she fell from a tree and broke her arm but didn't tell her aunt until hours later when her favorite show had ended." Yet while she is often invulnerable, she is also fragile and needy. In Morris's skillful hands Fiona comes vibrantly to life--a crabby, lusty woman who hopes the fates will give her a break. --Ellen Williams --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This was a good book - I remember loving Fiona - she did her thing -Published 9 months ago by Murph
I found this book readable and somewhat entertaining, but ultimately irritating, and it could have been about 200 pages shorter. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rayna
"Fiona Range" is an absorbing novel, and Fiona is an absorbing character. Yet, while she may have a "big heart" she can also be mean, impulsive, and self justifying, as well as... Read morePublished 23 months ago by algo41
This is a coming of age story with an older heroine. Set in a small community north of Boston, this novel is more than ten years old, but I've gone back to read it again and again. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Mare B
I could not finish this book. I have loved her other stuff, but this was not readable. I would recommend her later stuff, but skip this one.Published on June 1, 2013 by Jan
Fiona was too available to any man who asked for she didn't value herself.
I believe the ending was too pat yet you had to be glad that Fiona finally
found her way... Read more
As this novel opens, Fiona Range wakes up with a strange man in her bed. She had been very drunk the night before and can't remember what happened. Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Bonnie Brody
MMM is a good writer (especially A Dangerous Woman), but this book is flat.
Fiona is unsympathetic. She is a 30 year old brat. Read more
I almost didn't read this book because it started out slow and uninteresting, so I read the last page, before returning it to the library. Read morePublished on March 9, 2007 by Joanne Reynolds