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Maud's House: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Sherry Roberts
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A brilliant artist struggles to paint again.
The town is depending on her.
Because its art is disappearing.
Creativity lost. It's as ugly as mud season in Vermont.

This title was originally published by Papier-Mache Press.

More Praise for Maud's House
"A reflective madcap comedy".--Orson Scott Card, author of The Lost Boys

Ever wanted to draw on the walls? Then you must read Maud's House.

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**If you enjoy reading about serious topics (censorship) with a sprinkle of humor, search for Book of Mercy.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Maud Calhoun, narrator of this appealing debut novel, was the wunderkind of Round Corners, Vt. From childhood, her remarkable artwork began gradually to cover her homestead, so that "it was a canvas, a roadside attraction." On the day Maud buries her supportive father, she meets George, her future husband and a control freak who, over the years, saps her talent, paints over her house and is then killed in an automobile accident. Through Maud's eyes, readers meet various townsfolk, each undergoing some sort of artistic crisis. Her best friend Wynn, renowned for her knitting, loses her lucky needles; dairy farmer Jacques Leon "T-Bone" Thibeault can no longer tap-dance for his herd. All comes right in the end, as conflicts and creative blocks are resolved. Initially, Roberts's premise and characters charm, but the prose soon suffers from awkward imagery; while Maud's homespun wisdom grows forced and precious. Despite the lack of a strong regional voice, the novel's quirky details (amusing chapter headings include "Cows Juggling Pine Cones") and unusual situations bode well for more mature work from this new talent. $20,000 ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Set in the fictional town of Round Corners, Vermont, this first novel by short story writer Roberts is replete with quirky characters, including Maud, the narrator, who holds one-way conversations with her late husband, George. As a child artist, Maud created paintings on the surfaces of her home, both inside and out, which made Round Corners a tourist attraction. She has been unable to paint since she married George, who whitewashed her house, and she is resistant to entreaties from her neighbors to produce a town mural. Her love life becomes complicated when her friend, T-Bone, a philosopher farmer who tap dances, meets with a disabling accident and Thomas, an attractive drifter, becomes a houseguest. Roberts's easy style and comic sense are engaging, but an excess of eccentrics who are pure at heart bog down the plot.
- Harriet Gottfried, NYPL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 368 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Osmyrrah Publishing (June 16, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DR329O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful February 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Take a painter that can't paint. A small town. Assorted quirky characters and lots of cows. Could you write a delightfully charming, funny and engaging story based on that? Sherry Roberts can. And has. A wonderful read. Thank you.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Above and beyond February 2, 2012
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I grabbed this book when it was free. Because you never know. I like to root for the underdog. What I found was very surprising. This author kept me on my mental toes at all times. I kept reading not to find out what the characters did, but to see how she would phrase it. And she phrased the hades out of it! Not one trite line. Not one old, tired description. A truly unique and gifted voice.
A little language that I would be fine without, but nothing gratuitous or painful. I gave this five stars not for the plot(it was interesting), but for the words. The kind of book you will go back and read because it wakes your brain up. It makes other writers look like they are not really trying hard enough. My congratulations to the author.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great First Novel - I Will Read More! December 23, 2011
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This story grabbed me right away with its quirky but very likeable characters, humorous writing style and vivid imagery. I studied English and writing in college only to spend several years as a technical writer/editor and end up in a great but not terribly creative career in IT -- so I know what it's like to lose one's muse. I usually read in bed for an hour or so before going to sleep, and I found myself staying up later to keep reading "Maud's House." I look forward to reading Roberts' second novel, "Book of Mercy" as well as anything else she writes. Great first novel!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maud' s House is delightful! March 15, 2013
By Jan
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I enjoyed this book so much that I deliberately read it slowly! Sherry Roberts has crafted a town and a cast of characters I will truly miss. I will definitely look for her books in the future.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book about losing ones muse. May 2, 1998
By A Customer
I enjoyed this amusing story of a town that has lost their muse. Not only has Maude lost her muse to paint but other members of the town have lost their muse to do creative endeavors like building birdhouses, writing poetry, knitting,playing the sax,loving and dancing. I loved the characters and the wonderful resolution.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading 'Maud's House' March 14, 2013
By Linda
'Maud's House' takes you right into the story which grips and holds your interest because of the colorful descriptions of the characters and their feelings. It's a fascinating puzzle that ends in a wonderful mosaic that speaks to the reader's heart and spirit.
The characters in the story are people who everyone can relate to. Though they struggle with problems and concerns, they help neighbors and others, and look for the good and positive in them, instead of criticizing them or looking for anything negative or bad. There is a great theme of an unconditional sense of caring throughout the community which is done in a humorous and insightful way. It shows that simple acts of kindness and listening to others can change people's lives. There were stories within the story and each holds your interest.
'Maud's House' is a tender love story that's entertaining and a very enjoyable read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful book. Will free your spirit. April 6, 2012
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From an early age, Maud's father let his free-spirited daughter cover their house with her folksy artwork. Eventually it becomes a famous tourist attraction in their small Vermont town.

When Maud's father dies, she falls into a dreary marriage with George, a man who takes care of her, but ends up whitewashing her house and her creative spirit. When George dies, Maud has a humorous and insightful one-sided conversation with her dead husband in a struggle to regain her artistic soul.

I loved this book. I loved Maud's voice and the quirky townsfolk who all seemed to have lost something special to them after Maud's downfall.

Ms. Roberts has an unique lyrical style which, the best way I can describe it, feels like floating on gentle waves. You just have to read it to see what I mean.

I also enjoyed her 'Book of Mercy' and look forward to reading more of her work.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The author has real talent March 14, 2012
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The author has real writing ability; I can't stress this strongly enough. She has what they call: "Turn of phrase." But the running internal monologue of Maud, the main character, got old after the first half.

On the positive side, I liked all the characters, and lots of the vignettes were believable when thinking about small-town life. But a bunch of vignettes strung together didn't make a workable book for me. The theme of The Muse lost and The Muse found wasn't strong enough to carry the book.

I would be very interested in reading other work by this author, whose talent is not in question.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars disconnect
I found this story disjointed. I had many unanswered questions about the characters, which I guess is real life. The author developed each character well. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Susie Q
4.0 out of 5 stars Maud's House - Lost and Found
This was a fun read - I like books about small towns and the characters who inhabit them. I always enjoyed Jan Karon's books set in a North Carolina town. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeanne E. Ubaldini
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Vrry good story
Published 1 month ago by Peggy
4.0 out of 5 stars Cows get painted. Or not.
Maud has artist's block. Will she ever paint a decent cow again? The small town of Round Corners, Vermont, hopes so as she's asked to do a mural. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NJ Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars a good light read
Fun to read. I liked the characters. Although it was a little cliche. Interesting how things fall apart one by one, and then all is right with the world.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great use of language
If a little quirky. But I guess that is what makes it fun. I wish the Kindle app would allow me to copy and paste selected sentences into FB, I wanted to share some of the pithier... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kim E. Ferraro
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I just finished Maud's House, and it was a happy wonderful surprise. I got it free and wasn't expecting a lot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by readmymind
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, crazy!
I loved this quirky story with small town characters, and a little romance - it could happen? Why not? I love artists.
Published 2 months ago by J. A. Capraro
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this story
People wander in and out and through this book. There is some harmony and some disarray, but they all have a place. A great tale, well told.
Published 5 months ago by Linda Rae Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars kind of silly
This is one you can skip. Story line weak and characters not really developed. One of the few readers books I haven't really enjoyed.
Published 6 months ago by Julia A. McDonald
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