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Birthday Pie: A Novel Paperback – July 13, 2011
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"Wooten's southern family of the Martindales can sit on a family heirloom mantle along side some of the greats (Glass Menagerie's Wingfields, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof's Pollitts or the Wingos from The Prince of Tides) yet still maintain a uniqueness of the author's voice that vividly allows us to 'know' these people." -Gregory Allen, author
"A delicious surprise! Birthday Pie is a clever, smartly written tale that once again proves how great a storyteller Arthur Wooten actually is. A tasty treat from beginning to end." - Greg Archer, The Huffington Post
"Birthday Pie is one of the most original, relevant and touching stories I have ever read." - Debbie Allen
About the Author
ARTHUR WOOTEN is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Dizzy, Leftovers, Birthday Pie, On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail. He's also penned the children's picture book Wise Bear William: A New Beginning and the collection of short stories, Arthur Wooten's Shorts. A playwright, his works include the award winning Birthday Pie, which had its world premiere at the Waterfront Playhouse, Key West, FL. His one act plays, Lily and The Lunch, have been produced in New York City and most recently in Te Anau, New Zealand. For two years he was the humorist for the London based magazine, reFRESH. Arthur grew up in Andover, MA and now resides in New York City.
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Each character in this book (and there are many) has a unique and realistic personality. The characters blend together to create a family that is totally believable. And, considering that two of the family members in the book have cancer, the tone is lighthearted throughout. When there are reflective moments, they are balanced with a splash of humor that fits the character and the situation. Actually, I can't remember the last time I read a book as laugh out loud funny as this one proved to be. The story unfolds naturally. As the story unfolds, we are given back stories for each character. These stories are funny, tragic and help the reader to understand why each character acts in the way he or she does. Even those family members that are the most annoying prove to be likeable in some way.
Mr. Wooten is a talented writer. This is the second book I've read by him. I plan on reading more. I highly recommend this book. It is funny, thoughtful and well worth the money and the time it takes to read it.
It gives us wonderful characters that are gorgeously flawed. Such as the handsome lead with his penchant for peeping or the 'therapist' with a past. Whoever you meet, they are all dysfunctional, from minor kinks and issues through peccadilloes and eccentricities and on to outright diagnosable conditions.
But within all that the author shows us the beauty of a family that does function, despite the dysfunctional nature of all it's members.
So if you want to experience the joy of reading the artistry that is Arthur Wooten's writing, or you just want to feel better about your own family, indulge in a piece of 'Birthday Pie'.
Instead it was confusing, rushed and not that interesting.
The characters weren't clearly defined. I had trouble getting a clear picture of any of them and had trouble remembering who was who.
Each chapter seemed to me to be an opening of a different act, and I kept waiting for the words, "Act 2. Scene 2', Fade left, or something similar, to appear.
Nothing seemed to be resolved by the end of the novel. The plot seemed as sticky as the messy pie itself.