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The Cranberry Hush: A Novel Paperback – March 6, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a love story in the truest sense of the word, it is not a romance. Just truly beautiful and I can not recommend it highly enough. Read it now!
1-31-12: I read this book for the second time, and it's better on re-read, which is saying something since after my first read, I thought it was just about perfect. On second read, it is perfect. If it was a color, it would be golden. Warm, bright, earthy, and ethereal all at the same time.
This gets filed under Top Favorite Books Ever.
I am 45 and was afraid that the age of the characters (mid-20s at best) would keep me from being fully invested, but I am happy that I was proved wrong.
The characters are wonderful and full of flaws, hope, dreams and heartache - you should recognize yourself in at least one of the three main characters. I finished the book at the gym on the elliptical machine and was sobbing in the final scenes as I finished my workout. That almost never happens to me.
I am not a book critic and I am sure there are things that anyone could find "wrong," but the bottom line is, the book never lost my attention for a minute. The ending is powerful and real and true to the characters.
I don't want to give too much away - but if you have ever loved someone that was just out of reach, this is for you.
It's not overly sentimental (though a little nostalgic - but so am I) and the author has created a universe that I not only want to visit, but live in.
I was drawn to the book because of the Cape Cod setting and fell in love with everything else. My next drive across Route 6 will be filled with thoughts of Griff and Vince. These guys will be with me for a long time.
Ben Monopoli should be very proud of himself for creating a piece of work that touches the reader's heart and emotion in a way that I find pretty rare in a work of fiction.
Overall, Cranberry Hush reminds me of Michael Chabon's Mysteries of Pittsburgh WITHOUT the stupid gangster subplot that more or less ruined that book for me. This is an entertaining, tender, and sharp first novel, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
The details and descriptions drew me in from the first pages and helped me to feel that I was right there, whether at the Cape, in the comic book store, or holding an aloe plant in Boston! Well done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed everything about Cranberry Hush. The characters are likable and the story very interesting. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Greg M.
Great read! I really liked the character development . I felt as if I were along on the adventures as well.Published 1 month ago by janet
Usually, I stay far away from fiction involving a gay (or in this case a bi ) character and his str8 buddy. Why? The pain hits too close to those college years of my own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pablito
The story shifts back and forth in time. Over and over again. Between the years in college - when Vince (bisexual) and Griffin (straight) were roommates - and the present. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JEFFERY WEBER
This book is weird. This book is about nostalgia and basking in what could have been. Read more
I wrote a review of this on Goodreads, but somehow overlooked writing one here on Amazon. I really love this book, although it brought back some painful memories of falling for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeffrey Roach
One of my favorite books ! I LOVE Ben Monopoli, he's such a great author !!! Actually, I love all of his books... :)Published 4 months ago by Chantaldepe
What an awesome book! I loved the charachters and the storyline. i kept waiting for the HEA, and surprise , surprise...at the last minute (literally) Monopoli comes through for us. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rob K. Montero