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Bea compensates for her lack of love by weaving a tight web of equally not-quite-the-thing friends: Bill, the divorced boss at the real estate agency where she works; June, a single mom; Matthew, a priest; and finally, Shelley, uneducated, clever, a polio survivor. A dual portrait emerges: Simpson shows us a gossipy, exclusionary Midwestern town. And she shows us, in full, Bea, a character who teeters between the conventional (golfer, broker of the year, board member at the church) and the off-beat. The author never forces Bea into the unlikely role of heroine, nor does she judge her curious circle of friends. In the end, Simpson's warts-and-all rendering has a real humanity to it. --Claire Dederer
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Good company….I am elderly and live alone and for a while had some engaging friends. I read all of Mona Simpsons books and this one does not disappointPublished 16 months ago by deborah faux
As a 63 year resident of the Green Bay area, I was reminded, vividly of all that I had forgotten about my childhood Mona does a superb job of getting her message to her readers.Published 23 months ago by wilhelm
I must say that the first 40 pages of this novella is *VERY CONFUSING*, numerous names just pour out without context.
In fact I gave up twice, both at about 40 pages. Read more
Really, this is one of my favorite books of all time and I'm not exactly sure why.
The writing is colorful and elegant, full of detail while never seeming 'clever' or... Read more
Only read this because I saw it was set in Green Bay, not far from my home town. And that Mona Simpson is Steve Jobs' sister. Read morePublished on June 23, 2010 by Fritzl
The ideal reader of this novella would be someone who grew up in a unexceptional suburb of Green Bay, Wisconsin, so count me out. Read morePublished on May 11, 2004
This is a novella about a woman, Bea, who moves back home to help take care of her arthritic Mother. She's wealthy, smart, a hard worker, and very stylish. She's also single. Read morePublished on January 8, 2004 by Manhattan Mom
As a huge fan of Mona Simpson's Anywhere but Here, I am sad to admit that I was disappointed with Off Keck Road. Read morePublished on May 16, 2002 by Sandra Mitchell