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Product Details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press (March 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193769853X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937698539
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews
 
"Secrets and lies suffuse generations of one Pennsylvania family . . . in a skillful move by Fullbright, those secrets are revealed through the viewpoints of three very different people . . . a superb debut that exposes the consequences of the choices we make and legacy's sometimes excruciating embrace."


2012 DISCOVERY AWARD; ROYAL DRAGONFLY H.M.; KIRKUS CRITICS' PICK
2013 SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARD "BEST MYSTERY"
2013 GEISEL AWARD FOR "BEST OF THE BEST," SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARDS 
2013 READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS GOLD MEDAL, "HISTORICAL MYSTERY"


From San Francisco Book Review
"In The Angry Woman Suite, author Lee Fullbright weaves an intricate, engrossing, multi-generational story of significant depth.

This novel is told through the eyes of three characters. Aidan is a man who witnesses the consequences of terrible dysfunction between several families in a small east coast community. Francis, the product of that dysfunction, flees to the west coast and becomes the wholly unfit stepfather to the final narrator, a young girl named Elyse. The story opens with Elyse in the 1950s. From there, Fullbright slowly and masterfully moves back and forth to different times between 1900 and the 1960s to reveal the horrific story of the Grayson family and those they touched in their small community. The title of the book comes from a series of mysterious portraits that portray Francis' mother, Magdalene Grayson. However, that title could apply to almost every woman in this novel, while most of the men are depicted as damaged by that anger. To add to the richness, Fullbright liberally laces recurring references to game strategy, to a particular battle in our war for independence, and to the theme that things are never what they seem. Finally, Fullbright fills the plot with enough unexpected twists to keep the reader in suspense till the very end.

Winner of too many awards to list here, The Angry Woman Suite really should not be missed.”     
 
From Midwest Book Review
"A very human story . . . a fine read focusing on the long lasting dysfunction of family."

"There is something fascinating in labyrinthine plot twists, which is what we have here, and I must applaud Fullbright for her keen and magical ability to pull it off with such aplomb."- Norm Goldman, Montreal Books Examiner and Bookpleasures.com

5 Stars ***** Reviewed by Joana James for Readers Favorite: "The Angry Woman Suite is quite a ride . . . very cleverly written . . . an outstanding novel."

Rating: 5.0 stars Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite:" Lee Fullbright is master of characterization."

Rating: 5.0 stars Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite:
"The Angry Woman Suite is a brilliant, complex, complicated story about talented, complicated people . . . this is a story to remember!"

From the Back Cover

Master storyteller Lee Fullbright weaves three unique voices together in her award-winning psychological mystery about consequences. The Angry Woman Suite is a rare and bold novel; a heartbreaking, hopeful marvel.
  

"They need to be exercised, hearts do ... to keep them strong."
 
Every family has skeletons, but the Grayson family has more than its share of secrets--and of portraits. Mystery portraits that incite and obscure. Portraits to die for.
 
An unsolved celebrity double murder in Pennsylvania. A girl looking for autonomy. A young man in search of an identity. An older man's quest for justice.
 
A plot that pulls and twists.
 
"A special read ... a very gifted writer, like a seasoned classic composer. So great is the writing, it's worth the read just for that, but then Fullbright brings in story, rich in character, and descriptions that bring you home, with scenes that flow one into the other, even in divergent times, decades apart--and it all works, and works so well that I'm going to read it again and then put Lee Fullbright's The Angry Woman Suite on the shelf along with Maugham's The Razor's Edge and Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath."--Paulette Mahurin, author of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap 
 
 "What Lee Fullbright has put between the covers of The Angry Woman Suite, even if I were to learn how it was done, still would border on literary magic."--Sean Keefer, author of The Trust

More About the Author

Lee Fullbright and her cattle dog, Baby Rae, star of her blog at leefullbright.com, live in San Diego, California.

Customer Reviews

This book is written from 3 points of view in different time periods and gets very confusing.
Anna
I just finished the book yesterday, and I will miss reading and learning about each one of them.
Fay K. Moore
A well written thoroughly engaging story told from the view point of three different characters.
Jenna Knight

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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Francie on February 27, 2012
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I read the whole thing in one weekend! I knew I would after seeing the Kirkus review that's had me watching for this release. The book opens in the 1950s with a young Elyse Grayson, whose voice captivated me from the get-go. So much so I wasn't ready when Francis, her stepfather, takes the narrative back to the 1930s--though I was firmly entrenched in the weird Grayson House women and doings, and Francis' career trajectory, by the time Aidan (their mentor) takes the story back to the early 1900s and falling in love--then I was hooked by that story too!

The Angry Woman Suite (the title comes from a collection of portraits that have caused a major furor, including murder--think the Helga paintings) is mystery, coming-of age, and love story rolled into one. It is also beautifully written, full of interesting characters and intriguing developments--but you do have to stay on your toes! Fullbright is a clever writer with a firm control of her material, taking you down paths you'll never see coming.

In the end, this is a somewhat unnerving, insightful portrait of family, but so worth the ride with these characters, especially Elyse Grayson, the shining star at its center.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Pottgen on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Well, The Angry Woman Suite, in my opinion, falls into that historical fiction category. The time frame kind of jumps around a bit, as does the point of view.

I had a bit of a hard time getting started with this one. The beginning just was a bit hard to follow, but as I got used to the jumping point of view and was able to get into the meat of the story, it did pick up and the story improved.

Realistically, in sitting here thinking about what I thought, I really almost felt sorry for all of the characters. There was so much that they had to endure. They had to overcome so much.

When I say the point of view kept changing, the way it did so was so..odd to me, that the book really could have been written as a series of novellas from each characters point of view and time frame and the story would have still flowed the same.

I did find the glimpse into the past enjoyable, albeit a somewhat horrific story. Horrific not in the way it was written so much, as in the events that happened.

Angry Woman is a story of love, loss, and deceit. There is a bit in this story that will play to every reader's interests, regardless of the genre you normally read.

I did ultimately enjoy the story, though, and that is what mattered. Maybe the point of view thing might not have bothered me so much if my ADHD hadn't been in full swing this week. Maybe if I read more historical fiction than I do, I would be used to the jumping time frames. That does not mean the story was not good, but just that it was out of my comfort zone a little. I am glad I stepped out of the box, though, because what I got was so far away from what I expected. Judging by the cover and title, I was expecting some fluffy historical romance, which also would be outside of my comfort zone.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CarrieRogo on September 5, 2012
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The Angry Women Suite is a complex tale that weaves in and out of many time periods and in the point of view of three characters. It's the kind of book that you need to dedicate significant chunks of time to reading, just to keep the plot straight.

It's difficult to decide which character to believe. Elyse appears the most trustworthy since she has little to gain by lying. Her story opens the book and as I reader I sympathized for her. She is forced to move away from people who love and care for her when her mother remarries Francis, a previously well known musician and band leader. However, her memories of events are influenced by the passage of time and the fact she is looking back at her childhood.

The second view point comes from Francis. He is such an angry, pompous character it's difficult to like him or trust what he says. His frustrations over his own childhood and the secrets kept from him by his mother, aunt and grandmother have colored his opinions of the people around him. He believes he can do no wrong (every ill in his life is directly because of the "murdering bitches" not because of choices he has made) and moves through life as if the world owes him for the dysfunction of his childhood. That dysfunction influences his own behavior to Elyse as a parent. He is given a chance to know all the sordid details of his family and some hints as to why he endured the life he did as a child but he is so focused on himself and obtaining riches and celebrity he never takes the time to read Aidan's journal.

Lastly we have Aidan. Aidan has the advantage of being there for it all, right from the beginning but his own view is colored based on his personal opinions towards the other players in the drama.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By b00k r3vi3ws on September 19, 2012
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This is a family saga that is told from the Point of View of three very different characters. A tale that goes back into as early as the early 1900s and deals with different aspects of a dysfunctional family.

First is Elyse who is uprooted from her familiar surrounding when her mother marries a yesteryear rock star. When she hears her step father use a certain word, she takes it upon herself to find out who he was referring to. She is shown to be a 9 years old when the first chapter of the book and we later find out about the shocking childhood she has had. Second is that of Elyse's step father - Francis as he narrates his story - his life hasn't been all stars and shine either. He blames his mother and her sisters for everything that had gone wrong in his life and especially for the childhood he has had. As his days of glory are over, he is left to his addiction and slowly develops a problem. The third is that of Aiden, an outsider to the family, yet somehow he is equally important to the story. He is a family friend and mentor to Francis. His narration actually gives us an opinion on what an outsider would see if they cared to look into this family. Then there is Magdalene - though she is not a narrator of the story, I feel a certain amount of compulsion to mention her. She seems to be at the center of the story touching the lives of every other character and influencing almost all the events. She is the `angry woman'.

The plot of this story incorporates the many facets of dysfunctional family, family feud, murder, secrets and betrayal. So you see, no matter what the name suggests it is not just about a bunch of angry ladies. It is so much more. But it is really difficult to say much about the plot without giving up some spoilers.
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