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“A subtle, fascinating, unhackneyed novel . . . in touch with human realities and frailties, unsentimental and amused. . . .So moving, so funny, so desperate, so alive. . . . [A] fine book, and one to be greatly enjoyed.” -Elizabeth Janeway, The New York Times
“A strange, fresh, gripping book. One of the the many achievements of The Pumpkin Eater is that it somehow manages to find universal truths in what was hardly an archetypal situation: Mortimer peels several layers of skin off the subjects of motherhood, marriage, and monogamy, so that what we’re asked to look at is frequently red-raw and painful without being remotely self-dramatizing. In fact, there’s a dreaminess to some of the prose that is particularly impressive, considering the tumult that the book describes.” —Nick Hornby, The Believer
This book is suffused with a weariness that is finally relieved in surprisingly believable fashion by an image more suited to The Sound of Music than a disappointed (but admittedly... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Moisio
Thus book was chosen by our book club because the local half price book store had enough copies for all of us and it had received good reviews. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wendy Miller
Beautifully written, rich in language, brilliant first person description of a woman falling apart within the confines of being wife and mother. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Leigh barbier
The used book was in fine shape. Took a long time to get to me.
The story itself is "mad". But, I had to keep reading to see what Mrs. Armitage was up to next. Read more