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It Will Come to Me: A Novel Paperback – August 17, 2010
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It Will Come to Me is the debut novel of Emily Fox Gordon, who is a memoirist. Her mastery of her craft really shows in this novel; the characters in It Will Come to Me seem completely real. Except for the narration shifts, I could have honestly believed I was reading someone's memoirs. Gordon has a unique ability to shape and develop characters to their fullest potential.
Ruth is a very interesting character. She is very conflicted and has a lot of scars from the difficulties of her past. At best, she is stuck in the role of a university wife; she hasn't accomplished anything of her own for some time and just feels useless. At the beginning of the book, she is obviously bitter and perhaps even an alcoholic - she certainly drinks a lot. I honestly thought I wouldn't like her, but for some reason she endeared herself to me despite her faults. I loved watching her character grow and develop into a more healthy person.
I also liked the secondary storyline of Ruth and Ben's son. Their love for him and guilt over what he had become was palpable; you could visualize them questioning every action they had made - did we drive away our son? It was incredibly well written and I loved the way it turned out.
It Will Come to Me is a very enjoyable book that I recommend to anyone interested in a character study, or for anyone who enjoys books about professors. It's well written, engaging, and very easy to read. Emily Fox Gordon's foray into fiction was an successful one and I hope we get to hear more from her in the future!
It is very funny, but there is considerable empathy for human suffering, and yet it also considers the callousness or duplicity with which it can be met. There is a redemptive ending which was a little too tidy, but I would heartily recommend it. This is wonderful book of social commentary.
In her debut novel, Emily Fox Gordon surpasses her earlier work. This is a brilliant novel, remarkable for its insights into the predicament of those who find themselves lost in a world to which they had dimly aspired but which they find that they do not comprehend. Superficially, it is an academic novel, precise and bitingly funny in its exposure of the follies of those who attach themselves to Universities and to Higher Learning. Every page is pregnant with witty apercus and pithy evaluations. Yet the folly of the eccentrics who populate her landscape is not her primary concern. Fox Gordon reveals, as in her earlier memoirs, a profound compassion for the plight of those whose unexpectedly diminished lives she describes. This is, overall, a novel of great compassion, and we leave it, not only with vivid memories of the shortcomings of her central characters, but also with an enormous sympathy for them. Also, perhaps, with hope.
Great academic novels are not common. Great novels are rarer still. This is a book to cherish, partly because its evocation of characters is reminiscent of Dickens' skill in vivid portraits of the eccentric and the grotesque, even more because it has the encompassing sympathy of George Eliot. Readers should be grateful for it -- and for the fact that so distinguished a writer of memoirs has turned her hand to fiction.
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I bought this book after reading a review of it in People magazine. I went to a couple of bookstores that didn't have it in stock, but offered to order it for me. Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by Jen T
I was surprised that this book had so many positive reviews. I thought the book was flat, I thought it was supposed to be funny but it was just sad. The ending... Read morePublished on August 19, 2009 by N. McKinney
I'm rather surprised by all the enthusiastic reviews for this novel. Gordon certainly writes well and is particularly adept at descriptions of both people and settings. Read morePublished on May 27, 2009 by Trevor West
I enjoyed more than 3/4 of "It Will Come to Me" despite (or is it because of?) the fact that its main character is a woman who is drifting late in life and is obviously profoundly... Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Massimo Pigliucci
Set at fictional Lola Dees Institute, a relatively small college in Spangler, Texas, this novel is pretty much a predictable retelling of the pettiness, insularity, and... Read morePublished on May 1, 2009 by J. Grattan
I may be one of the "Women" that Gordon describes so aptly, but I don't care. I may not be one of them, too, and I still don't care. Read morePublished on April 18, 2009 by J E Besmehn