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Rumors Paperback – December 29, 2012
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RUMORS is completely engrossing, yet not difficult to read. The book is perfect for a long flight, bedtime after a stressful work day or for those lucky enough, a day at the beach. In fact, when a friend emailed saying she needed to run away to Tulum for a week, I ordered a copy of RUMORS to be delivered before she left--partially a selfish act, as I know she will think of me fondly as she reads.
1) Frank and Maisy. Wow. I can relate to them by getting married two weeks after I graduated high school, but the similarities definitely stop there. I am hoping there is a side to Frank that wasn't portrayed or I guess Maisy was as clueless as she seemed, because he was an overall odd guy. Frank is mostly trying to get to "easy street" and thinks his new job opportunity is going to take them there. They were seriously the oddest little couple in the book.
2) Allison & The Davids. Poor Allison. She gets the shortest end of the stick and the worst part of the rumors. And little does she know that after all she does for her church that not one person (namely her husband) asks her what is going on. The whole situation is jacked up but definitely drives the point home that rumors are the worst! and the grass is usually not greener on the other side. She worked hard for everyone: the church, the sick, her husband, and her kids, and enjoyed a little attention from David. She and Dave were a total trainwreck as well! Note to self: don't hire an au pair...! ;)
3) Melanie. She was my favorite part of this story. She is well off due to her father leaving her a lot of money, but she does good for people simply because she has a good heart. She is sort of the centerpiece for the story as well, because she is the common connection. She is Maizy's cousin, she goes to church with Allison, and she works with David King.Read more ›
As a reader I wanted more Frank and Maisy, Dugan, Sylvie, and that Herb guy. That is your foundation and what kept me going. Melanie, just throw her away. Sweet, do-gooder Melanie who just gets swept up into the "drama". Who cares? This wasn't awful and for someone who likes a soft read (not me), this will be your Gone Girl. This book was soft. So supple and plain, it was downright boring. The books needs sex, violence, deceit, scandal (real scandal), crime and a hero.
Previous to meeting Stephanie, I was told quite a few things about her. I had no problem believing that she was a well-traveled person. Furthermore, someone said that she was a gifted radio personality. If those things were not enough, many people were impressed with her erudition.
Initially, to be honest, one detail about Stephanie’s enumerated accomplishments made me skeptical—her book entitled Rumors. From what I heard, the author was white and she wrote intensively about people of African descent.
Since I am not an advocate of censorship, my heart believes writers should express whatever they want. On the other hand, I am a proponent of this axiom: “Write what you know.” Certain writers, albeit a few, wrote effectively from the point of view of races other than their own. Upon typing those aforementioned words, James Baldwin and William Styron came to mind.
Anyway, all of my reservations about Stephanie Abrams came to an end when I read her superlative work entitled Rumors. Imbued with the ability to delve into myriad minds, she expresses the concerns of various people. A multitude of eloquent characters reside in her head. With that said, after reading her novel, I was pleased about visiting the plethora of inhabitants inside her eclectic mind.
Motivated by admiration, I suggest that anyone who enjoys convincing characterization and exposition should read Rumors. Mind you, my assessment is not based on hearsay. All the proof can be found on Stephanie’s profound pages.
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My husband and I both think this new novelist deserves to be heard.Do yourself a favor and pick up Rumors by Stephanie Abrams. Read morePublished 7 months ago by vicky dwight
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This book is amazing.
There is creativity, imagination, suspense and a real 'touch' of reality.
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Where to begin, once I picked this book up I could not put it down! Scandals, lies, and deceit. Highly recommended!Published 23 months ago by Sarah DelSoldato-Warden
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