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Stay with Me: A Novel Paperback – November 30, 2010
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“[A]n engaging examination of family ties and identity, laced with suspense, intrigue, and romance….Barron beautifully paces this compelling novel, bounding back and forth in time, slowly unveiling little revelations along the way.” (Boston Globe)
“Stay With Me accomplishes all we might ask of a novel. ...And it reminds readers what great pleasures and surprises are to be found inside such rare, fine, and atmospheric novels when we’re lucky enough to find them.” (Laura Kasischke, author of In a Perfect World)
“Full of intrigue and romance, STAY WITH ME is a deeply moving paean to loyalty, compassion and familybiological or not. ” (BookPage.com)
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1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery -- This book connects me to my grandmother and to my son in a way that is so simple yet so profound; it's like a gold watch to be passed down through the generations.
2&3. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- These books taught me that family dysfunction makes for great fiction! It also made me see that it can be funny. My motto as a writer is "if you can't hide the family skeletons, you might as well make them dance."
4. Endless Love by Scott Spencer -- Did you know this wasn't a cheesy, after-school-special type book? It's a literary heavy-weight and was a finalist for the National Book Award. My novel-in-progress is about about a college girl who goes to France and falls in love with an older man. The powerful, moving language of Endless Love has been incubating inside me (what Robert Olen Butler calls "the compost pile of the mind") since I first read it at age fourteen. As for biographical stuff, I was born in Puerto Rico but grew up mostly in Connecticut and in El Salvador (and for short periods in the Dominican Republic and the South of France.) I graduated from UConn and received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Degree from Florida International University in Miami. These days, I teach graduate students in the Western Connecticut Low-residency Master of Fine Arts Program.
Top Customer Reviews
What none of the others know is that David's tumor has started causing him to have flashbacks to the time before the hurricane and he wants them to dig into their past and finally know the truth about their origins. David wants to give each of them a solid history like the one that Julia, his ex-girlfriend and the woman he is determined to marry, has. Each of the Starfish Children has emotional baggage as a result of their unknown past and as David faces his own mortality, he needs to help everyone confront the demons.Read more ›
I found myself being pulled into the story and not wanting it to end. At first I thought it would be difficult to keep track of everyone because of the multiple characters in the story. However each character is so distinct that I was able to find each voice to be unique. Also because only one character (David) has his story told in first person, it was easier to follow the narrative. The mystery of how the five got together keeps the story going as it is not revealed until the very end. The reader as well as the characters are kept in suspense, allowing for great depth of the personalities to be put on full display instead. It almost becomes an afterthought because the relationships of the family is more important. If there's anything that I could complain about is that I felt that some characters didn't get enough attention as others did. While their personalities are easy to distinguish, I just didn't feel as if I got to know them as well as others.
Overall, I found this to be a fascinating read. It's a wonderful story about the power of love and family. Family does not necessarily mean that you have to be connected by blood.Read more ›
One other note: The book is written in the first person when told from David's perspective, but third person omniscient when focusing on anyone else. From a few of the errors in this ARC, I think the author had originally written the entire thing first person, but alternated narrators. The switching back and forth was probably too jarring, and it was a good call to switch to third, but I could also have done without David's inner musings as well. It doesn't make him any more of a sympathetic character and it's still pretty jarring.
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